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I went down to the Peak today with Ben to try and take advantage of some the Snow ledges that have been kindly put under so routes.  The aim was a quick hit to Stanage, then over to Burbage North.  So classics have seen a lot of attention lately, so would be all chalked up.

Below: A nice sequence of pics for Big Air

We arrived at a very quiet Stanage to find the only climbers there, were folks we knew.  It made sense to join them and warm up, whist having a social.  Ben had done very very little here, so everything was new today.  Quick flashes of Crescent Arete V2/V4 on both sides and then Crescent Slab V6 led us nicely to our reason for being at Stanage.  Big Air E6 6b** was the target.  A crazy problem that would normally have a bad landing, and requires a committing jump and mantel, is at present a cool problem.  I was psyched to go first, and even happier with the onsight.  Ben swiftly flashed it after me.  Breadline V5 was next, and the same treatment followed with an onsight and flash.  Ben then flashed Not To Be Taken Away V4*** before we headed off to Burbage North.

Three Blind Mice, just before I asked for a spot

The aim here was Ai No Corrida E5 6b* and Three Blind Mice E7 6c**.  Andi Turner and mate where already trying Three Blind Mice when we got there, so we joined in.  The sun was making the slopers very unhelpful, so after get to the crux several times we took a break and switched routes.  I was pleasantly surprised to onsight Ai No Corrida, making this a great day regardless of drawing a blank on TBM.  Ben then got it second go.  The sun had been behind the clouds for a little while, so we had a quick bite and tried TBM again.  The difference was unbelievable.  First shot I dropped the crux, putting my foot in the wrong spot to rock up.  Ben then sent it first go.  I then swiftly followed next shot too.  A great end to a day.

Ben flashing Mermaid

Ben wrapped up his day with a flash of Mermaid V6 on the way back to the car.  Sore skin, but great fun!!!

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Comment by Adam Hughes on April 8, 2013 at 19:29
Couldn't say E6 or E7 and keep a straight face. V5 and V8 would be a better measure of things.
Comment by Dan Mckinlay on April 8, 2013 at 19:22

The ML went really well considering we camped in the snow! Well when I say we they camped and John and I stayed in the bothy! Cold!

Orange pants of power really are working up a treat. First E6 onsite? First E7 ground up? Snowball it up!!

Comment by Adam Hughes on April 7, 2013 at 21:33
They have their moments!
Comment by Tony Holdsworth on April 7, 2013 at 21:23

Adam, good to see that the "Orange Pants of Power" still work!

Comment by Crofty on April 7, 2013 at 21:17

Yeah, well done on those ones Adam. Hijack of post here, Dan how was the ML training course with my friend Andy?

I was in Lakes today with Guido, did some scambling stuff on The Nape's after traversing the back of Great Gable, plenty of step kicking

Comment by Dan Mckinlay on April 6, 2013 at 15:42

Great day out Adam, nice one!

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