I got out for a bit of a wander yesterday...
I have declared that this year will be the year of the classic, the year of the repeat, and in general, a year of reducing the new routing obsession that has signified previous years.
To prevent complete cold turkey I am allowing myself to pursue new boulder problems, as long as I do more established boulder problems than new ones (something I struggle with).
So obviously the first thing I do is go bushwacking for new stones...
Arse end of penllyn Padarn, Tick! one nice boulder to revisit.
Depths of the seiont river, No tick but a nice ramble over abandoned railway workings.
I then broke for some socialising at the Beacon, and managed to ascend Pete Robins new red route in the routing roof. Pleased with this as its classic ledge shuffling and 3D thinking. Suitably psyched I drove off to Benllech and found a new path to the shuffling cave. This is a former Giveaway of the month and something I'm keen to get done so watch this space. I then came over all Hillebrandt and started bouldering a section in my wellies. Needless to say, wellies are fine for big barnicle slopers and chimneying, but once I was 20ft up above the boulders, their ability on wet little edges came into doubt. Some furious reversing returned me to the ground, and a return match has been booked.
Watch this space....
Cliffs below, cliffs above. By Stevie Haston.
6 hours ago