27th and 28/08/12 Lake District

Just back from a Falkirk Community Trust two day climbing trip with John and Alec, Gayle and Linda. The weather forecast for Monday was heavy rain just about everywhere and quite strong southerly winds so after some debate and checking what the team had done before we headed to Raven Crag in Coombe Ghyll and climbed Corvus. This 8 pitch Diff can be climbed in the wet provided you’re sensible and take a sense of humour with you and as usual it gave a memorable day out.

Gayle and Linda on the belay after the 1st pitch with Gayle wondering where they’re going next


John leading the 2nd pitch of Corvus (where Gayle and Linda are going next is through the waterfall to where John is)
Gayle on the “hand traverse” pitch

Today was much dryer with just the odd spot of rain and a fresh breeze was drying the crags quickly. John, Gayle and Linda went to Black Crag and climbed the classic Severe of Troutdale Pinnacle reporting some seepage particularly just after the traverse. Alec had climbed Troutdale Pinnacle before so he and I headed to Sheperd’s Crag and climbed Jackdaw Ridge and Donkey’s Ears, both had a liitle seepage after yesterday’s rain, but were drying fast. Alec and I appreciated the benefits of the crag with a stop between routes for tea and cake at Shepherd’s Cafe.

Alec above the traverse on Donkey’s Ears
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