>Spring Gathering

>Well the first official weekend of Spring has been a busy one in the Lakes, judging by the hoards that gathered at Gimmer Crag on Saturday.

After a slightly pacy hours ride on the bike on Friday evening my knee was feel the effects and with running on the fells still out of the equation I thought a steady weekend of mountain cragging would help give it a moderate workout.

For Saturday light winds and plenty of sunshine was forecast, and having had no rain for the past 6 days, Gimmer Crag was one of the more obvious venues and with Dan who was up for the weekend having never been there before it was an easy choice. A steay start on Ash Tree Slabs Direct saw us meet the masses on Ash Tree Ledge, and with Dan’s first choice of F Route looking like it would be a ‘take your ticket and wait your turn’ route for the day we scooted up D route. Pretty blustery on top and it made abseiling entertaining as I watched our ropes fly horizontally across the crag much to the embarassment of Dan who had done the throwing and probably to the annoyance of the folks coming up A route (Sorry!) but we made it back down to the ledge without any more mishaps.

From here we turned our attention to the one the few classics not to have a queue on it, the uber classic Kipling Grooves. Always good value and the top pitch has not got any easier. We opted to walk off this time.

We rounded the day off with a Pint in the Stickle Barn and one of the more entertaining sights i have seen for a long time, as in the field adjacent to us a team attempted to inflate and launch a hot air balloon only for it to billow over a barbed wire fence as it inflated and get to torn to shreds! I cant imagine those waiting for a trip of lifetime were very impressed.

Today and the weather has not been so kind, but at least it remained dry. A blustery and slightly overcast day was forecast so we gave the high mountain crags a wide birth and headed around to Tilberthwaite Quarry for some slate action. Done about 8 routes today ranging from VS to E2 and from straightforward to damn right desperate to thrutchy. I am now tired.

The good news is that today, without a knee brace on, my knee feels much better. Not sure whether this is temporary, whether the pain is now coming from the brace working my knee properly or whether I am just knackered. Think I may head out for some runs this week again to assess.

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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