Crookrise

Easter Monday and yet another chilly, bright day. Jake and I are after a halfway meeting point and Crookrise looks like a decent bet – an hour or so from each of us, and gets plenty of sun. As an added bonus it’s somewhere I’ve never got around to visiting (for whatever reason), and involves a raid over the Yorkshire border for a first trip out of The Peak in almost 6 months.

It’s a gorgeous spot on an exposed hillside, overlooking Skipton.

Overnight snow patches hide in the shade, and stubbornly persist throughout the rest of the day – another max 3C but feels like minus plenty.

Plenty of boulderers around, but no one else keen / foolhardy (delete as applicable) enough to be roping up. I warm up (figuratively only) on the classic MVS Long Climb, which feels awkward enough with frozen hands. Jake cruises The Shelf, E2 5b

which is a testament to the skill of Alan Austin in 1956.

I managed Walker’s Farewell, involving a smeary boulder problem followed by an airy runout, but couldn’t get close to Walkover (which surely warrants a 6b tech grade?)

Flake Wall / Spellbinder (hard to fathom the line) is an outstanding slabby wall on the Slingsby’s Chimney area, but the pick of the routes of the crag are perhaps just to the left. Here’s Jake working on the initial moves of The Fly F7B+

… and Fly Arete F7A

… and me leading the bouldery Crease Direct, E1 6a

Before finishing off with Wholemeal, the E3 6a direct on the classic Hovis.

Fab day, and such a good feeling to take first baby steps outside of the immediate locale.

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