Sunday, 27 February 2011
Like a lot of people, today was the first touch of the Dumby rocks for the year for me. Loads of people there. At first the holds were cold and glassy, and the chalkless Railings was the living end. As the sun slid around the castle, genuine warmth was felt for the first time since what seems like a very long winter began - I think the last time I visited Dumby was September. I never quite managed slap happy, to be expected, however, I succeeded on doing something new. Too eliminate to be a problem on its own, basically right of Home Rule, from chest height crimps, dyno to the good ledge. Same line as Bob's Problem really without the slopey right hand hold by the arete. It's around 180cm, 7A+ ish. New-ness was a theme for the day with Steve Richardson on abseil inspection of a new line, Henners attempting another link up on the sufferance wall. I tried High Flyer for the first time, a crazy jump off a boulder to an out of reach jug. Sadly, I was wearing trainers at the time so never topped out, I should've put my climbing shoes on.