A Winters Day at St Bees

Posted by Keswick Staff Blog
Friday 3rd December 2010

Ben Freeman. A rare weekend off.

Saturday was spent on the snow covered sandstone boulders at St Bees to escape the Siberian weather currently in-situ across Cumbria.

 

Snow-cover making the descent at least Scottish grade 2 (!) and the combination of sea, sun and snow making for a surreal experience. After a warm up / defrost on the Apiary Wall boulders we slipped across to the rarely dry Undercooke (7a), a classic of the area. Surprisingly close to high tide, the boulder was in good nick, and climbed really well in few attempts.

Conscious of the rising tide we quickley moved to the recently developed Far South Boulders (of the north sector) to inspect some of the new additions to the area. Although not quite as accessible as the Fisherman's Steps sector the area is a mere 150m beyond the Heuco Crack block and is certainly a worthwhile venture while in the vicinity.

Attempting to warm up again we worked our way through several of the easier problems, including Face Warp, Gravity Wave and Corkhills Arete.

We soon turned out efforts to Waterworld, a new 7b to the square block, leaving the close vicinity of the arete following some interesting slopers to a positive lip. An amazing climb to many others at St. Bees in terms of quality.

Moving back towards Apiary Wall, leaving the considerably warmer coastline we finished the day with an ascent of Fruits de Mer (7b),

A slow start to Sunday saw a visit to Carrock Fell, likely to be one of the few other bouldering venues to be dry across the Lakes. Up at Kitt's Boulder after a short-lived warm up, Ghetto Style (V8), saw some attention. A stiff sit-start up the left hand side of an obvious groove line, via some stiff pulls on pockets and thin sidepulls, not recommened for a thin skin day. A quality problem none-the-less.

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