|The Tube - 7.55pm|
This was Chris’s first time on chalk and he was more than happy to second the route. Five metres of slightly overhung chalk marked the route's low crux only a short distance above the ground (but high enough to cause injury). Having banged in a warthog at head height, I rehearsed the first few moves, composed myself, and then committed to the steep wall. A line of bucket holds reduced the difficulty and allowed swift ascent, however the section was still certainly capable of providing a shock to any grade IV climbers system. The ground eased back to 60-70 degree slopes above the crux. With it went the buckets. I banged in another warthog above the crux followed by three more before the belay at about 50m off the ground. The chalk became softer, requiring greater care, and grass became more prevalent.
|Below the steep section - 8.05pm (Photo by Chris Ellyat)|
|Chris seconding the first pitch. It's now too dark for my camera focus. 9.15pm|
|Top of the route. It's very foggy. 10.30pm|