On Thursday I was joined by father & daughter team Michael and Charlotte. I'd met Michael over in Spain last winter, but this was the first time we'd been out in the Lakes together. So what better way to be introduced to Lakeland 'trad' climbing than doing a 'classic rock' route in the beautiful Borrowdale valley.
Troutdale Pinnacle being the route of choice, I was expecting it to be busier, but only one team ahead of us and no one else at the crag, nice one. Quote from the current guidebook about the route 'one of Britain's best Severes'.
Charlotte being a sport climber, we decided to climb using the series system (for climbing as a team of 3) so she could simply enjoy the climbing and positions rather than need to remove all the protection along the way, that was to be her dads job, sorry Michael. But to ensure Charlotte still had plenty to do, she was in charge of most belaying for both me leading and dad following her up each pitch.'
Every pitch gives interesting climbing with good moves and impressive exposure that builds to quite a finale on the pinnacle. Cracks, wall, chimneys, corners, traverses, and aretes are all encountered on this one.
After the climb it was time for a late and well earned lunch in the shade at the base of the crag. And to finish the afternoon we spent some time looking at how to set up 'top ropes' as Michael was keen to learn more about this.
A fab day spent on hot rock. Thanks Michael & Charlotte.
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