The sun was shining but it was still a bit cool, so we had a short day on the beautiful rock at Castle Rock of Triermain.
We stayed on the South Crag, because that’s where the sun was, and started out on Kleine Rinne. A lovely route with a tricky little move left early on if you don’t have your hands and feet in the right place, or if your fingers are frozen and you can’t feel what you’re doing. But the rock was rough and the friction was superb.
As the sun moved round, we moved round with it, and we went up Gazebo. A lovely route and worth every star.
We finished the climbing day with a short climb – Slab Climb. Not much protection, but an easy slab and corner and again, excellent friction.
We left the crag early because I wanted to get to Keswick to return my POD Granite 16 rucksack, which I bought last summer and was totally not up to the job. The zip started to break when we were in Thailand and then it completely disintegrated a couple of weeks ago. So different from my POD Black Ice rucksack which I bought 11 years ago and is still good for a few more years despite regularly being put through its paces. I think we can safely say, POD have gone down hill.
However, Needlesport haven’t, and they have taken it back and will try to sort something out for me. I’m hoping for a credit note so I can buy an alternative pack, but I might get a replacement. It all depends on what POD say.
On the way to Keswick, we drove past Castlerigg stone circle and took the opportunity to take some photos. Its an amazing place with great views.