Noah’s Ark

Sunset over Stanage © Oli Grounsell

Sunset over Stanage © Oli Grounsell

As you can guess by the title, the weather is still dyer in the Peak District. We enjoyed some lovely weather for a while, with days out on the Moors and in the shaded Dales. But that heat wave seems to have come to an abrupt end.

Ethan on Let the Tripe Increase © Oli Grounsell

Ethan on Let the Tripe Increase © Oli Grounsell

Legacy © Roger Grounsell

Legacy © Roger Grounsell

It now may be wet, but the temperatures are more often than not feeling very wintery, and therefore the weekend before last I headed to Burbage South with Pete and Mike, for a bit more grit, and had a really good day, being most likely the luckiest climbers in the Peak. First I flashed Masters of the Universe (E6/7 6b), which climbs boldly up the striking hanging arete of the Cioch block after abbing in to the bottom. It is both different and climbs fantastically. I was chuffed to flash this as I had had my eye on it a while, and new I had it in me. I then went on to get the ultra classic Offspring (E5 6b), after first taking the swing made famous in Stone Monkey. It was all done between showers, quite literally. I love days like this, you feel like the day is going to be wasted, but you head out anyway. Somehow you climb everything you want, and then it rains 5 minutes after you top out, and as you sit sipping tea in Outside.

Masters of the Universe © Mike Hutton

Masters of the Universe © Mike Hutton

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