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Some highlights from climbing today.......

Me, Danny, Adam and Will went climbing in Derbyshire today.

This was my first time climbing out doors and I was pretty nervous about the whole thing but VERY excited.

Turned out it was an amazing day and it’s a great feeling when you get to the top of the wall.

I would like to thank Danny for inviting me as I had a great time (even if I wasn’t very good) and thanks to Will as he’s very good and makes it look very easy and Adam for the confidence boosts.

Hope you all like the photo’s…….

(O and thanks to Danny and Adam for taking the photo's of me while I was climbing)
20th Jul 2008, 22:40   | tags:,,,,,

hildegard says:

Oh yes, that looks like a very nice start to trad life indeed - none of that nasty, sharp, flakey limestone, good cracks & plenty for your feet... Lovely. You certainly look like enjoyed it. :)
Driving me bonkers though - so familiar but it's been so long... where is it?

21st Jul 2008, 01:25

Dhamaka says:

some great shots

certainly do like the shots

21st Jul 2008, 09:16

Toddy says:

Hildegard - Most of the pictures are of Birchen Edge. It is amazing. I really need to train more so I can climb more next time though.

Dhamaka - Thank you.
I love taking photo's of these sort of things, its even better that I get to do them as well. :-)

21st Jul 2008, 11:25

minkey says:

looks quite impressive. Think i prefer looking at your pics (than trying to do it)

21st Jul 2008, 12:44

Toddy says:

Thanks Minkey, its not frightning if you trust the people you are climbing with and I trust the guy's I was with completly.

21st Jul 2008, 13:04

hildegard says:

Ah, that big, distinctive nose of rock'll be Sail Buttress then. Duh me. Ta!

You don't have to train hard, fit as a butcher's dog as you clearly are, one of the bestest intros to trad climbing is Derbyshire classics in the V Diff to HVS range.

Stuff like Flying Butress & Christmas Crack on Stanage and Pedestal Route on the Roaches are glorious climbs & don't require daft levels of committment or unnatural finger muscles. Do Pedestal just before sunset & you can sit on the pulpit to take in the view for a while before the last few easy moves. Completely gorgeous.

And Millstone - oh lord, wait til you see Millstone! All that glorious grit - jamming on the first knuckles of your fingers, long, lactic laybacks...
Enjoy! :D

(Just say "no" to Stoney Middleton & it's evil limestone ways.)

22nd Jul 2008, 00:23