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Overdue update! Some Curbar bouldering - Rock Crawler
Overdue update! Some Curbar bouldering

Overdue update! Some Curbar bouldering

I’ve got a bit slack with updating here recently. I’m not sure I’ll get back in track soon but let’s try and get something up about the tiny bit of outdoor bouldering we’ve managed this year.

We’ve made it out twice so far this year, which is frankly pathetic! We’ve just been too busy, or the weather has been bad. Must try and remedy this!

Both times we made it out though we decided to go to Curbar. Although Curbar edge had a bit of a reputation for toughnut gritstone leads, it also has two little easy access and decent warm up sites for bouldering newbies, or in our case, rusty boulderers!

Last night we headed to little quarry which contains one of my favourite 6a problems: Dressed Arête. I’ve done this problem three times now and loved every time. It’s not straight forward so needs you to think about the moves needed but once you crack it is very rewarding. It’s probably not 6a in my book though!

After Martin and I coached/bullied Liz up a new problem (Front On) we finished up the session on the great wall with Fishy, Chippy and Chippy Direct on. It’s pretty straight up, a decent height, flat landings and a loads of probably chipped little crimps up it. Great for getting the head game going. I got Liz to get a video of me trying Chippy Direct as I thought the pressure might be what I needed to commit to the end of it… but not. Not got my climbing head back, so the final move onto the top intimidated me off to the left. Too tempting!

We made it out to Curbar a few weeks previously, but this time we headed down to Trackside, yet another lovely spot for some easy climbing. I spent most of the time bashing my head against Strawberries, which is a really knacky climb apparently and I just can’t get close. One for the bucket list. Also I completely failed to pull onto the F4+ Trackside scoop without using the big pocket. I’ve no idea how this is supposed to be done! :O

There is loads more to write about running wise, but I just don’t have time! Perhaps later….

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