Adrian wanted to lead Ardus on Shepherds & I wanted to jump on Penal Servitude at Reecastle.
Adrian Walter on the 2nd pitch of Ardus MVS, Shepherds Crag, Borrowdale
It's a great route & a perfect combination of slab, steep crack & face climbing, which is well protected & the climbing on immaculate rock - a great choice if you're wanting to break into VS grade climbing.
Adrian starting out on pitch 3, Ardus, Shepherds Crag
Adrian doing a great job leading the classic final pitch on Ardus
Adrian moving up to the exit cracks on the final pitch on Ardus MVS, Shepherds Crag, Borrowdale.
From Shepherds we drove back towards Keswick & headed up the small valley of Watendlath towards Reecastle. I wanted to jump on Penal Servitude & work through the crux with a mind to leading it.
The fantastic line of Penal Servitude E5 6b, Reecastle, Borrowdale
It's brilliant climbing up the barrelling, overhanging wall & as soon as you're off the ground the climbing's super steep & strenuous. You pull up on small pockets & edges via horizontal breaks to a high rock over & a rusty bent peg! The rock over leads into a sequence of thin, tiny edges, linking one & two finger pockets to another high step into a two finger pocket & slightly easier ground above. It's such a great piece of climbing on immaculate rock & one of the best single pitch crags in the Lakes - awesome.
Enjoy the sun, while it lasts!