It seems a long walk in from Clapham and the climbs just that bit tougher on such a warm and sunny evening. For some reason I had not ticked off Christmas Cracker (VS**) in the past, but after spending an inordinate amount of time testing the patience of my belayer, I now know why! The route remains unticked.
Lesser routes proved more successful although Ash Tree Crack (HS*) was scrappy and challenging at the grade. Plum Duff (MS) and Wobbling Wall (HVD**) – Pictured in the evening heat haze – were more in keeping as was West Wall Direct (S*) despite it’s challenging start.