if anyone’s interested, I’ve a little used 50cm walking axe to give away. Grivel Mont Blanch with wrist leash. Was my wife’s but she has difficulty walking on a pavement far less snow slopes these days. Also 2 Blackdiamond turbo ice screws up for grabs. Good condition £20 and they’re yours
A number of old trad routes are being cleaned and bolted at Moonshine area Attermire which maybe of interest for future climbs. I often walk that way so I’ll keep an eye on progress and suggest a meet when the work’s complete.
Just back from Ingleton wall where Roy and myself ventured for the usual “Friday 8”. Proceedings where dramatically interrupted when a climber fell from lower off at 10mtrs landing on his feet before collapsing backwards. His wife had been belaying using a Grigri which we reasoned had been incorrectly loaded so that the rope pulled straight out as she went to lower him off. He’s on his way to a trauma unit somewhere query spinal injury.
Both climbers we’d seen there before and both were very experienced. We can only speculate as to the cause but incorrect use of belay device seems the only feasible explanation.
So here’s the thing. How many of us routinely check both our knot and our belayer’s device is correctly loaded. I suspect very few, especially on indoor walls, cause they are the safest climbing environments aren’t they?
Hmm! I shall in future be checking every time regardless of my own and others experience, cause shit happens.
I was due to run a trip to Burbage in Oct. Owing to unforeseen circumstances I’m unable to go. If anyone else fancies taking it over please do so. Sorry about that.
Not being ones to shy away from a wee bit of precipitation, Barnoldswick’s hardest climbing lass and southern softy who knows no better headed up to Moughton Nab for some damn fine sporting sports climbs. Climbing jeans are not to be recommended walking through knee high sodden grass but were we deterred? Pha! Made of harder stuff. Despite a a few “leaky” routes we made good progress through a fine selection with the skies opening each time Vikki reached the third bolt. 6 routes later we conceded defeat though glad to have made the effort rather than wimping out ha ha! (where were you all?), and retired for a right nice cuppa tea. Aqua climbing maybe a niche sport but don’t knock it. Damn fine views of distant blue skies as well