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February gritstone by Katy Whittaker

February gritstone by Katy Whittaker
February gritstone by Katy Whittaker
March 20, 2011 -  Katy Whittaker    

It’s been a while since my last blog post, been too busy studying and not climbing enough. I promised myself in the new year that I would try and get out on the grit one day a week, which I have kind of stuck. Early January we had the British Champs that took place in London. I ended up finishing 3rd, I was reasonably pleased with this as I hadn’t really been expecting to do that well. So my one day a week challenge has been going well and the weather has been kind. I started mid Feb, first with Bamford edge and I flashed a really nice route called Jasmine. This climb basically just involves pulling between crimps on a wall with a bad landing. We then moseyed over to Stanage to do some bouldering, I had a lot of goes on a problem called Back in the YMCA, which involves pulling between tiny rubbish slopey pockets on a wall, it is totally nails. I couldn’t do it!


The next week was a day at Froggatt. I have had a quick go on The Mint 400 and Narcissus a few weeks again but had been really rubbish and not got very far. I thought it was worth another go so set off up Mint 400. It is pretty high with what felt like the crux being the last move (even though it probably wasn’t), I tried to back off half way through the crux and down climb but couldn’t so had to wobble on up to the break which I only just got. I also did Narcissus first go to which was surprising. We then moved over to the slabs and did Long John’s and I finally did Downhill Racer, I have been wanting to do it for years but it always looked too scary. I did do a bit of shaking on the top bit when I realised how high I was!

Since then I have only done Committed at Curbar, which is a cool little face climb on crimps, you head up and out left over a bad landing and just as it starts getting a bit scary you go back right again back over the nice flat landing and then its all over. Nice!

Here are a couple of photos... the first one is Back in the YMCA taken by Paul Bennet, and the second is Committed taken by Nick Brown




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