|Posted by Jan Bella on January 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM|
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.
Slip Knot was my first choice so I geared up as quickly as I could and was off. Climb starts in a corner and then moves onto the slab which provides plesant climbing at about grade 4b with plenty of protection. Top of first pitch is on the right side of the roof with nice views of Langdale valley. Matt quickly followed and we changed over on the belay. Famous part of Lakeland climbing was at the touch of my hands. I traversed under the roof and climbed on the rib. I 've done it! I've done Birkett's route. Short upper section was pretty easy and soon after Matt climbed up we were on our way back down.
On a same day we climbed the Hollin Grove route wich was little bit wet, but a nice climb and I managed to get lost on a top of second pitch on the White Ghyll wall. Hopefully this season I'll repeat this climb and add many more on this great crag.
Categories: Rock Climbing