The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Lakes yesterday

Great weather here in the Lakes this past couple of days...........dry & very mild.

I had a friend passing through from Australia who stayed for a couple of days on his way out to the States, so it was great to show him around a little.

We headed up into Langdale & climbed Pluto on Raven Crag.

 Tim starting up the 3rd pitch of Pluto HVS
Great varied climbing, with the route weaving it's way up through the steepest parts of the crag.

Yesterday we headed back through Ambleside & on over Dunmail Raise towards Keswick. We stopped off on the way at Castle Rock & climbed Gazebo Direct HVS. This has got to be one of the best routes of it's grade in the Lakes! We stopped in Ambleside for a brew with Woody on the way through & it was Woody who reminded me of the route & yes the climbing's fantastic - if you've not done it................!

We then headed around into Borrowdale & headed up to Reecastle - I climbed Guillotine E3 & Tim lead The Rack Direct HVS - again awesome routes on fantastic steep, compact, volcanic rock.

The awesome barreling wall of Reecastle in Borrowadle - Left is the line of the Rack Direct & right is the steeper line of Guillotine E3

Woody here leading Guillotine E3 at Reecastle last year

Got home & my camera was still where I'd left it, in the office charging!! - ggrrhh.

Looking forward to getting out & enjoying some more of this weather, although it's going to be on my Cyclocross bike, as it's the 3 Peaks Cyclocross race on Sunday. I went out on the Cyclocross bike for a ride earlier in the week & Sal said jokingly 'was that ride part of your tapering down preparations for the 3 Peaks!' - I haven't been out since the start of the summer! - fingers crossed I just get around & finish at the weekend.

Safe climbing

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