Today will see Rich Mayfield and Mark Stevenson climbing The Grooves on Cyrn Las, with British bouldering and lead climbing champion, Gareth Parry. Friday it is Gogarth (Mousetrap, Gogarth, Big Groove and A Dream of White Horses), then hopefully Cloggy on Sunday (Great Wall, White Slab, Slanting Slab and Vember). James Pearson will be joining them for part of the Welsh section.
Last night they shared beers with Dave Birkett in the Old Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale after earlier completing, The Cracks and Kipling Groove on Gimmer in the afternoon, finishing just as the heavens opened and in the morning they fired off Totalitarian on Raven Crag, Thirlmere, the officially sanctioned (by Ken Wilson) replacement route for Deer Bield Buttress which fell down several years ago.
Yesterday they were also joined by Stephen Reid, one of two climbers to have climbed all the routes in Hard Rock and Alan Hinkes, the only Brit to have climbed the 14 8,000m peaks (photo). Stephen and Alan climbed the Cracks on Gimmer. The previous day it was Praying Mantis on Goat Crag with Chris Bonington.
Mark Stevenson writes, "Just to let everyone know that Chris made short work of the strenuous crux of Praying Mantis, over 43 years after he made the 2nd ascent of the route! He's amazing, great company to climb with and still as fit as ever leading the way on the steep scramble and walkout from Goat Crag."
Mark and Rich have now completed 36 out of the 60 routes, in 20 days. There is 15 days left with 24 routes left to do, five of which are in Scotland where they were rained off earlier.
Let's not forget that Mark and Rich are also attempting to raise funds for Mountain Rescue in the UK. If you see them make sure you give them a donation or buy a T-shirt off them. You can also donate online at their websites and blog. Here's Mark with his collection tin in the Old Dungeon Ghyll see photo, where most climbers had heard of their challenge and gave generously.The Hard Rock Challenge Blog: www.hardrockchallenge.blogspot.com
The Hard Rock Challenge Website: www.hardrockchallenge.org.uk If you are travelling about keep your eyes peeled for the Hard Rock Challenge's home on wheels, christened, Cheryl, see photo. Make sure you honk your horn if you spot them.