Sunday, 26 January 2014


With weather still not settled and with the constant rain the majority of climbing is being done indoors on the plastic. close eyes have been on the forecast, watched hourly in hope to see a symbol of no rain, luckily that's we we got this week for Saturday, Although raining all day and night Friday we were pretty sure we could find some dry rock to climb somewhere. After a little chat on facebook we decided to head to to cheyne wears on Portland. The main reason being Phil wanted to try the Portland testpeice "Roadrage". Most of the routes here are 7a upwards and all pretty steep. there is one 6a+ which we all opted to warm up on. We also managed to find a pretty hard 6b+ route called "Remembrance Sunday". this felt pretty tough for the grade with a hard boulder problem start.
Phil and drew spent allot of time on "Roadrage" with Phil coming very close only failing right at the top, with high winds and time getting on the face was getting a slight spray from the sea causing the holds to become greasy, I had a play on the route too but soon realised I wasn't quite in the 7b+ grade yet, although all the holds felt positive i would need to work a line this hard to find a good sequence.
I'm pretty sure Phil will send it next visit, Drew was also pretty close considering this was his first day out this year.
I spent allot of time today hanging on a rope taking photos, believe it or not hanging up on the wall gives you time to think, made me realise how lucky i am to come to places like this with good Friends and enjoy something so simple...

Phil Fighting hard on "RoadRage" 7b+

Drew On "RoadRage"

Sitting on the rope taking photo's

Not a bad place to think and take photos

James feeling the strain

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