Jake’s back so we’re off to Malham

A gorgeous day – perhaps the first real day of spring, and it’s cracking the flags. Jake is home and super keen after months of indoor climbing frustration, and chooses Malham.

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This is perhaps the only British sports climbing venue to match the splendour of the big Continental crags and has grades to match. The warmups are a couple of 7as and then you have a handful of 7a+s before it gets harder still. I’m really only there on belay duty, with a dodgy back not helping the fact that it’s all a bit too short and brutal for me. “Covered the ground ” is a flattering description of the style of the 4 routes I ascended.

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With outstanding conditions, the Cat Walk would normally be mobbed, but midweek there were only 3 teams there – rubbing shoulders with the greats as we watched James Macaffe working Rainshadow – 9a. Jake’s claim to fame is that he put the clips in for Caff 🙂

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