Bowden Doors and Kyloe – Northumberland

Jake has been in the northeast for almost a year, and hadn’t managed to set boot to rock outside in the whole time. A combination of weather, partying, transport challenges and maybe even work had intervened. The last weekend before the end of term provided an opportunity to rectify the situation.

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Saturday was bright but breezy, so the more sheltered option of Kyloe was the obvious choice. A bunch of HVS leads and solos, a fine lead by Jake of Original Sin, a goey E4 6a, and a bunch of bouldering was a fine mixed introduction to Northumberland Sandstone. It also demonstrated that Jake hadn’t been entirely idle on the climbing front whilst at uni – regular bouldering on the plastic has got him seriously strong – witness this f7a+ Albatross.

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Sunday started wet and windy and then turned dry and VERY windy. 45mph and gusting!

This promped a visit to Bowden Doors, near the road and fast drying. We ended up sitting out a shower under the roofs…

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…before a few token routes and a hasty retreat to the pub.

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