Langdale and Borrowdale

On Monday I met up with Mike to go and do some climbing in the Lakes.  With a mixed weather report we headed to Raven Crag in the Langdale valley with heavy showers falling as we drove in.  The sky cleared and we headed for Middlefell Buttress, a popular route.  Graded VDiff overall we started with the righthand crack variant on the first pitch which is given severe.  With the rain falling and the wind blowing I headed up, with a few disconcerting sections with smears for your feet I got to the top and brought Mike up.  From here on up the climbing was easier with friendly belays.  With the wind pushing us both around while climbing and with heavy showers falling about every half hour it made it an interesting experience.

Next up we drove a few minutes down the road to Upper Scout crag and headed up Route 2, another VDiff.  With the rock wet we headed up which made the second traverse pitch interesting climbing through a small cascade of water and then up a wet groove.  We eventually made our way up, both drained by the concentration needed and being battered by the weather all day, so we retreated to Ambleside for a tea.

On Tuesday the weather was playing ball a bit better and we headed to Shepherds crag in Borrowdale.  With the crag to ourselves we headed up Jackdaw ridge.  With a good first pitch we headed into the trees and up threading through the pinnacles higher up.  We were soon on the top nearly in sunshine, which was good enough.

After, we headed round to the classic of Little Chamonix.  I headed up the bold first pitch for a VDiff to the first belay and brought Mike up, who had to do some thinking along the way.  Now for the main pitches I made my way up the slabs and onto the seat where you have to shuffle nearly off the edge, then commit to grab the wall opposite to make your way up to the saddle belay.  Mike did this with ease and was quickly straddling the rock on the saddle belay.  The last pitch is steeper but all the holds are there and in the sun we were both soon on the top.

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