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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The Roaches, Western Grit

Today was my first experience of climbing on grit at The Roaches in the Peak District. Greg who I met via the MLTA forum, knows the area well, and arranged to show me a few classic routes.
We headed to Roaches-Upper in blazing sunshine. Firstly I lead Right Route (V-Diff) which is listed as 2 pitches in the guidebook, but we opted to do in one pitch.
Next on our list was the classic Black & Tans (S 4a), where Greg lead the first pitch & I lead the second.
We next moved over to the Wombat Area where Greg led the slabby Rooster (V-Diff) & then I lead Chicken Run (HVD)
It was a good afternoons climbing, and I will definetly be back there soon!

Pic 1: Black & Tans area on Roaches-Upper. Unknown climbers on Saul's Crack
Pic 2: Looking down on Greg from the top of Right Route
Pic 3: Greg pulling up at the top of Rooster
Pic 3: Unknown climber on Central Route

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