With a couple of inches of rain having fallen overnight, we woke up to driving rain and a forecast of another three inches during the day! However, a lull around noon tempted us to seek out dry rock somewhere – which of course means steep! Back to Oasis and it is still not raining as we arrive at the crag (having negotiated torrents where yesterday there was a path!). Unfortunately, the Oasis has now sprouted half a dozen major waterfalls!
This put the mockers on a vague ambition I’d entertained to project a 7b+ that I’d come close to on-sighting a year ago. ….
Elsewhere there were occasional bits of dry rock, but with a belay in a waterfall.
Moving further along we found the most promising route and ditched soaking duvets in the hope they might dry out – forlorn as it transpired.
But Jake did manage a 7b+ which was pretty impressive in the circumstances.
…and then came agonisingly close to on-sighting a 7c+ on the Pared Blanca – making it through the crux only to slime off a soaking hold with the belay in sight – heartbreaking 🙂
…all very atmospheric with Niagra thundering away in the background!