Freezing Gimmer ?

In another day of two halves Paul and I set off early (ish) for Gimmer Crag, hoping optimistically to catch some sun. It was certainly sunny (and thus sweaty) on the walk up to Gimmer. But as our luck would have it, the clouds were building and a stiff breeze was rising. We could see big rain storms sweeping across Coniston and further south too. Maybe the vegetable patch wouldn’t need watering when I got home after all? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our first objective was Spring Bank, an amazing E2 created by our friend Mike Mortimer in 1979. As the sun had said good bye, welcoming in the clouds and a cold wind, we both froze! ๐Ÿ™ So it turned out to be our only route at Gimmer this day – we retreated back to the valley where it was still summer! We sat at the New Dungeon Ghyll with a cold drink and felt hot in the sun! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Where had the sun been earlier? Hiding!


Under the roof of Spring Bank


Paul reaches over the roof for those good (?) but small (!) holds

Having visited our third crag of the weekend we thought a quarry might be a good fourth venue! But wait, we’d only brought the Langdale guidebook out with us – we’d have to make use of Paul’s encyclopaedic knowledge of routes and visit somewhere he knew well… We chose Cathedral Quarry. Paul used to be a bit of a “slate head” (his words, not mine)!

After some mucking about finding the right tunnel to get access to the quarry we entered a midge heaven. Out of the wind, sunny and warm, yet damp from the permanent pools of water!


The atmospheric chamber entering Cathedral Quarry
:star: There are (and have been for years) two goldfish in the pool – weird! :star:

We only did one route as we didn’t have a guidebook and Paul could only be sure of the grade of Night of the Hot Pies (E1). Even this was scary enough – after 15m of easy climbing the route trends left over the arch, adding 20 extra metres of exposure down to the chamber and pool in the picture above!


Starting to feel the exposure on Night of the Hot Pies

โ— Not a bad weekend โ—

As we got back to Ambleside, and entered an area with mobile phone reception, I received a text message from Colin; “I am looking forward to all the new reports on the blog. Reading about excitement, adventure and really wild things will do me good. Failing that, gardening.”

So Colin – I hope the peregrines, tree climbing, cold fingers and midges all go someway to addressing the first request. If not, maybe you’ll be interested to know that none of the rain storms did pass near Kendal, so the vegetables etc. did need watering when I got home. They are all growing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

3 thoughts on “Freezing Gimmer ?”

  1. So as not to disappoint Colin, here is some gardening news: our veg patch is expanding. Are we mad or what?

    Looks like your weekend was funpacked apart from the midges. Here’s hoping next weekend is as good.

  2. Yes, you are mad – twice over… Firstly, with all the good climbing weather you’ll regret missing it when the monsoon starts (which judging by the view out of the window, might be today). And secondly, how are you gonna store all that produce come the harvest. Surely you can’t hope to eat it all yourselves?

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