Today we had a training day at school so the plan was to go to whitestone cliffe with Rory and maybe climb some of the lesser climbed lines such as 'Pie and pea Pillar' HVS. When he got on the bus though, he was told the bus no longer gos to Sutton bank on weekdays so we had to change our plans!
We scrounged a lift part way and then biked the rest to Camp Hill crag battling the ever increasing wind. When we got there, it was pretty windy, but at least it was dry and most of the bracken had died! We did some of the usual solos including 'Tempest' which was quite exhilarating when a gust almost knocked me off at the top!
In a moment of inspiration, I decided to try and solo 'cling wrap'. This is something I'd failed at on our first trip in march, then finally led in late April. And now, I'd soloed it, despite the now 50 mph winds!
We went down to the strict arete boulder, and had a good mess about and I managed 'Strict arete', something id not managed and had a dodgy knee whacking fall on when i went with Franco, James and Billy but today managed it on about my fourth attempt?
It's been good to see my progress over the year, and today has sort of confirmed it by climbing some of the harder lines I'd looked at and failed on before!
We went down to clemitts afterwards hoping it would be in condition. In fact, it was although we didn't last for long and so began the long ride back home with the wind in our face!