The 12th April marked the first day of “Overnight Stays” and we’d booked a few nights in a great little campsite in North Yorkshire as soon as the “roadmap” was announced. With the van spring-cleaned after its long lay-off (almost 6 months since we returned from France just before the last Lockdown) it was great to be “back on the road”.
Plenty of time after we’d installed ourselves to enjoy a fine afternoon at the super-handy “Parking Sector” at Gig North.
St-eee-p climbing on generally decent holds…
The enigmatically named: Dreams in which I’m Dying
Sport for All:
We’d more or less ticked the wall (including the new couple of routes at the RHS, with the 6c being good but a bit eliminate) by the time it came to exercise another of our newly-won freedoms:
That’s a very sweet tasting pint – climbing hasn’t been quite the same without the apres-climb!
Tuesday wasn’t quite so sunny so we explored the “Skyline area” at Langcliffe – shivering our way up three 6a+s
before the welcome arrival of Jim and Claire…
… meant we had an excuse to escape to the pub (hrmmm – spot the pattern here…)
Justin and Chris put in an appearance too, to bring up our full quota of 6, and the evening sun even provided some much-needed warmth.
Jake was planning to join us the following day, so we were in the market for a crag with some easy 6s and tough 7s to cater for everyone. Gig North beckoned again, with the contrasting Woodcutter and Holywood Bowl sectors situated next to each other.
Here’s Helen leading one of the new supplement routes on the LHS
Chris on Ben Hur?
Jake and I did Soft Touch, 6c, and Direct Debit, 7a, just about visible in the foreground of the shot above – surprisingly OK!
The Bowl is a different prospect, with a significant change in angle. Jake territory!
Here he is on Illywacker, tough 7b+
A swift half at the pub was followed by the first test flight of our new camping toy – a portable fire “pit” is the must-have accessory for evening outdoors covid-compliant socialising.
… Surprisingly effective despite resembling a gauze mesh camping stool!
Continued sunshine prompted a revisit to Langcliffe
Jim and I did a couple of routes on the right hand “Central Wall” Long Time Coming, 6a+, and Slow Train Passing, 6b+ – both quite worthwhile and felt tough in the chill before the sun arrived. Whether they’re worth the scree slope approach is a different question..
Much better (but top 50 is a stretch!) is the 50m Silver Buttons, 6a+, on the Main Wall.
That wrapped up our first van foray post Lockdown – nothing very exotic, but such a great feeling to be away from our “Local Area” and a reminder of the magic of the post-climb pint that’s been sorely missed!