Franco and Dave were psyched to get on their ground up project, dubbed 'the leaping cougar'.
They began attempting it ground up whilst I looked to see what fortunes were to be found on the lower boulder. Now dubbed 'The Chocolate Box'
'Can you do the Can Can' font 6a+ * climbs the overhanging right arete of the north side onto the slab. And 'The Candy Man Can' font 6b+ * climbs the overhang direct up the centre and onto the slab.
After some more attempts on the unclimbed wall by Franco and Dave, Dave finally cracked it using a tiny broken gaston. Franco then also managed it and they graded 'Mane Vision' E5 6c, keeping with the 'lion' theme of the butress.
Although E5 6c, is rather a long way out of my league, I though as I may as well have a go! especially as it is so well protected.
The moves up from the break really are ace, but very thin and very hard! After a few attempts, I managed to get into the crimp, which was poor! A two finger crimp, which at first felt good, but as soon as you moved position, it was very hard to stay in. After trying to rock up, I fell off. Unfortunately, my poor judgement meant that my shin gave a legde below with a hollow 'whack'. I lowered and we saw white! thankfully it was only a fatty layer between the skin and the shin.
That was enough for me, although the moves are superb! and it makes quite a ground up project which is quite unique to the crag!
Overall, a pretty bon day!
Check out Dave Warburton's Vimeo to see the video of 'Mane Vision' E5 6c