Back in Blighty and a Birthday Blast for Jake

I’m going to preface this blog post with a disclaimer, given the amount of vitriol that seems to be propagating on climbing fora and in the media, and also to clarify that it was posted 3 days before the UK lock-down was announced and when the BMC advice was: low risk, close to home, familiar areas…

The following climbing outing was by a household group, maintaining recommended separation from others, operating well within their comfort zone at a mid-week blustery crag. It was on our son, Jake’s, birthday during a few days snatched before he and his partner Leah returned to Med School, where their final year is being pushed through so they can join the NHS response to CoronaVirus.

I did consider not posting this, but it was a joyous, memorable day, so I thought I’d share a little bit of RockAroundTheWorld happiness – it might be the last post for a while!

Blue skies accomplished by a blustery wind meant that belay jackets and suncream were the order of the day for our family gathering at The Roaches to celebrate Jake’s Birthday. Obviously Tash didn’t get the “wear lemon or lime” advisory email!Starting on the lower tier slabs, Helen, Tash and Leah did Prow Corner… and Jake and I did Commander Energy (I’d forgotten how rounded the top arete is!)Jake and Leah did Dorothy’s Dilemma… whilst Tash and I caught some raysThen Helen, Tash and Leah did one of the all-time grit classics: Right Route (or A Route)… while Jake led me up The Swan. Quite a thrilling ride (but pretty casual for Jake)No dropping into The Rock for a pint on the way back, so it’s home for Birthday cake and a brew. Happy days!