Sunday dawned with beautiful spring Alpine weather. Is there a better invite to head for the rock? So, salvaging some climbing from our trip to Switzerland we enjoyed some Swiss bolt clipping action on lovely rough granite.
Call us crazy, but, in an attempt to grab “just one more ice climb” before the rock climbing season really kicks in (and making full use of cheap Easy-Jet flights to Geneva) we headed for Switzerland! The main objective was to climb a classic ice route of the area, Dar at the Col Du Pillion. Unfortunately for us, the avalanche danger was extreme – deep snow with a heavy rain over the past few days. We snow-shoed to the base and watched (from a safe distance) lots of slides from the cliffs surrounding the route. With a good freeze the route would still be great, but not this day!
Taking a break from the never ending task of decorating the guest bedroom, aiming to get it complete before the spring and summer weather arrives and the climbing season is in full swing, we thought we’d have a different kind of swing!
Capella (E1) is an awesome route in any conditions. It has everything – a great line, rough Langdale rock at its best, good protection, superb moves, and all in an absolutely amazing position high up on Pavey Ark in the Langdale valley. However, add all these ingredients of a classic route to a deserted crag in early March with brilliant sunshine, a snowy backdrop (complete with a frozen tarn), and you have all you need for a very memorable day par excellence!
As part of my plan to provide a 1st class Lakeland biased BLOG I have now installed a weather station to give real-time (and hopefully accurate) 48 hour weather forecast information. Should be super useful on Thursday evenings and Fridays when planning that weekend trip to the Lakes!
Its been open for five months and we’ve only just got round to a visit! Great fun, loads of single track, and MASSES of awesome views of the Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag. Make a trail and fun is guaranteed…
PS. Check out the hole in the ar$e of my shorts – that’s what happens when you wipe out at high speed and take the hit on your bum!
Off to the Kendal Brewery Centre tonight to see a presentation about Canadian Canoeing.
PS. Went to try and find an Orange shop to replace my mobile phone (it’s broken). There isn’t one in the South Lakes! I’ll have to lose my temper with someone soon…
Took advantage of work sending me to London and visited the London Eye. Not a bad view. But to say it’s expensive is a massive understatement!