Exciting times at the clubs Burbage North meet with John enticing Phil in to an experiment on Bilberry Cake. With my climbing partner Andy Mac having headed off home I went over to join up with John and Phil. ‘Don’t tell him the grade we are conducting a scientific experiment’ said John from the top of Bilberry Buttress. Interesting I thought and quickly had a glance in the definitive guide to find: Bilberry Cake – E1.
‘Piece of cake’ was Phil’s verdict after seconding the route. Well Phil and I were not going to miss out on this one – this could be a first E1 lead for both of us. Minutes later and we were both basking in glory. Three successful leads of E1 grade.
Surely, there could only be one possible answer to this sudden success. I had got better. In the space a few short minutes my climbing abilities must have rocketed. After all it is well known progress is not always linear – so why not! What next Flying Buttress Direct, Parthian shot maybe!
Unfortunately the cake was about to go a little stale. Time for Phil to look on UKC. ‘HVS’ he exclaimed. A tactful response as I had threatened to make John walk home if it was less than HVS. Alas all those ill-founded dreams of having become a climbing god came back to earth once home – UKC: Bilberry Cake VS 4c.
Still overall, it was brilliant day out. Great weather despite the rain in West Yorkshire it was dry further south – helped by a very stiff breeze. I had a great time climbing with Andy Mac and Phil with John.
Climbs included Right Twin Crack (HVD 4a), Left Twin Crack (S 4a), First Crack (S 4b), Alpha Crack (HS 4b), Bilberry Wall (VD), Falstaff’s Innominate (S 4b), Still Orange (S 4a), Lieback (HS) and of course Bilberry Cake (E1 – 5a)