|Posted by Jan Bella on March 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
It has been very busy few weeks since last post. Weather have been amazing through and I was constantly climbing outdoors. Lot of practice sessions and checking new routes on Helm Crag. They should all be included in the new FRCC guide. Especially Illuminaty HVS is worth doing.
Few days were spent on Black crag above the Wrynose pass. Beautiful rough rock and south facing position gave days special feel. I managed to lead some HVSs but still only looking from the distance on ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on March 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
This justifiably popular route has been on my list for quiet a while but for some reason I never got to climb it. All of that changed on Monday when on my break from work we drove up and gave it a shot. Marek has led the route we had all for our self with just one party way infront of us.
First pitch follows a crack and groove then you'll climb over the flake and onto a tree belay. Second pitch continues up the V shaped corner and what is probably one o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on February 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
Chapel Stile Circuit Bouldering
After rise in temperature and snow thaw in the valley I changed winter boots for rock shoes and went to check out Chapel Stile Circuit in Langdale.
Early morning bike ride across the Red Bank gave me a sufficient warm up. Sun was shinning almost all morning and after little while I managed to find all the boulder problems I was after.
Good day of bouldering with 13 problems sent between grades of Vb to V3. Looks like winter training at the w...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on February 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Langdale Boulders and Route 1 on Upper Scout Crag
I was properly psyched for todays bouldering session at Langdale Boulders. First I checked out alleged dry tooling marks and they are definitely there.
Crack on the top boulder has marks and chips on it. Needles to say it isn't a great sight. But let's not even go there...
Bouldering session didn't go well (not mine ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on February 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Brown Cove Crags with Ben.
Is the winter really over in Lake District? Some snow on the approach from the Swiral car park, but mostly very wet. Little ice fall that is a start of Right Buttress Crack was melting away and didn't look very strong.
looking down from the top of the route:
We decided (I decided) to do the Left Buttress route. At grade II and 160 meter long mix it seemed to b...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on February 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Starting at grade I - Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark.
Lakes got in to condition and there is no force in this world that would keep me indoors. After whole week of seeing photos of people doing amazing routes I was looking for a climbing partner for my days off.
Jack's rake cuts the face from bottom right to top left.
I got email from Simon, through UKC website. So we met up in Ambles...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Visiting Himalayas was always my big dream. In the spring of 2011 I finally got opportunity and time off work to go. After few days spent in Kathmandu, Pokhora and Chitwan national park and after quick visit to Nepali hospital I was on the plane to Lukla. Lukla has one of the most dangerous airports in the world that is at the altitude of 2860 meters above the see level. Single 600 meters runway with no space for mistakes and brick wall on one side and deep deep valley on the other. Anyway. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on January 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
It all started with a promise of climbing one of the R. J. Birketts classic routes. Slip Knot. A classic Lakeland VS taking excelent line up the slab then going left under the large roof and around onto the rib. Me and Matt met up at Grasmere and drove up to Langdale. From the car park White Ghyll towers about the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel. 30 minutes aproach left me rather breathless so I sat down and started to think about routes we could climb.
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|Posted by Jan Bella on January 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Everybody has heard how great is winter climbing in Scotland. Not everybody has tried it. Till about a week ago I was in this category too. Needles to say now I know the grass is greaner on other side or better to say there is much more snow and ice in Scotland than in Lake District.
So I have booked myself onto an Ice climbing Improovers Course with Adventure Peaks. 5 days of ice climbing in High Lands.
I have arrived in Fort William few d...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Jan Bella on January 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
The English Lake District has unique oportunity for rock climbing from small road side crags to spectacular hight moutain crags. From easy grades to high Extreme climbs everybody can find the right climb. It all begun by ascending of the Napes Needle by W. P. Haskett in 1886 and since then it grew beyond imaginaion of any of the early pioneers.
Most popular areas are Langdale and Borrowdale valley together with Wasdale and Dow area.
In this Blog I will introduce you mo...Read Full Post »