Baldstones

9th Aug 2006


Baldstone Arete (HVS 4c)

An absolute gem of a route - well worth 3*

A steep start on good flakes, a nervous totter out to the easy arete and an abseil off the top.



Note to model: Wearing dark gray clothes on gritstone on a murky evening is not going to make much photographic impact. Bring out the lurid tights and jazzy tops next time! Meanwhile a bit of Photoshop manipulation will have to do. Sorry if blue isn't your colour.


Goldsitch Crack (HVS 4c)

Described as a "compelling arse" in Rockfax. Hmm.
And something suggesting mental deviation in the BMC guide.
Worryingly, Goi was jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect.

Fortunately for me, I was at the wrong end of the crag when Goi topped out, so it was John's privelege for go where Goi has been before.

Swimming for England!

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There was an interesting "commentary" from John at this point. Not too coherent - combination of "I'm stuck" and "I'm falling out". Actually the word and panting were a bit more colourful, but you get the gist. Oh, by the way, how was Gist Ddu?

Emerging from the "bowels" - contented. "I'm more of a limestone man, myself" says John.

Having honed the overhanging off-width technique (well Goi and John did, anyway), we had a "look" at Ray's Roof.
Perhaps another day.
The Wild Boar and the key-swallowing settee were beckoning.