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Climbing the Grades

Some quick sucesses on a mixed Saturday

I suddenly found myslef climbing in Wales this weekend. Helpfully some other memebers of PMC gave me a lift. Saturday morning I found myself on Holyhead Mountain via a gear shop to buy guidebooks, climbing with a chap called Malcolm.

I lead the first lead, on a severe (Stairs), although i let Malcolm lead through on the 2nd pitch, which i suspected was where the grade came from… I then led a single pitch severe (Teenage Kicks). So there it was. My first lead at "Severe".

Malcolm then led something, and I am surprised I cannto rememebr what it was. I thought it would be a single pitch VS. But i cannot put my finger on it, actually there might have been a couple, and they may have been multipitch. Hmmmm

At this point I found my self celebrating my earlier first, by leading my first "VS" (Teaser) whihc i now have a number of scrapes to show for the handjams. Much friend placement….

Malcolm then led "Plesant Surprise" before I lead "New boots and Panties&quot as soemthing to finsih off on. We both climbed carying walking shoes on our harnesses for that last one, having done quite enough walk downs in rock shoes, thankyou….

My rockshoes are now showing signs of wear. At the same time, i would find some more, larger, friends of use on my rack….

OH, and in the evening, I trevered the Hut table. 🙂

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