Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Epic Fail..

Another weekend and another trip to the Winspit quarry, still hoping for the harder routes to dry out so we can get working them, with both myself and Dan having unfinished business from previous weeks we were both psyched to get on with things.. this week we was also joined by Dans mate Ben. Arriving at the crag it didn't take long to realise that most of the lines were wet, including my project and Dans, "peppercorn rate" Dans route, wasn't as bad and looked like it may dry out after a few hours. We warmed up on some on the easier lines before returning, other than a small section the route was near on dry so we jumped on.
We put the clips in and worked the crux for a bit before all attempting the line on the lead, I was up first, I moved well and managed to get through the crux without any problems, there is then a small rest which is followed by an awkward crack and rock over to the lower off, I pushed on through before getting just under the lower then bang.. off I came. Gutted I lowered to the ground.
Ben was up next, he pretty much did the same as me.. And then Dan, However poor Dan manged to get right to the lower off, in fact the jug at the lower off, i guess victory went to is head because he popped.. i was gutted for him so i cant imagine how he felt, especially after working the line for so long.
With time getting on we decided to call it a day, all psyched to return next weekend and put this route to bed.. All I can think writing this is i bet poor Dan is still having sleepless nights over what went wrong... the words he screamed as he fell pretty much summed up his thoughts...

Dan Warming up on an easy 6a

rough seas

Ben on easy warm up

myself moving through the crux of "Peppercorn rate" 7a

Dan looking at Crux of peppercorn

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are
naught without prudence, and that a momentary negliance may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; Look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end