Another Thursday evening and yet again we managed to climb outdoors in what is shaping up to be a poor summer around here. It always seems so much sweeter when the weather’s been awful all day and, just when it matters, the skies clear and the crags dry out as we arrive. This time Plan A, Oxenber Scar, didn’t work out as it had taken a lot of rain during the day and looked very wet from the lane near Austwick. Giggleswick South’s amenable and fast-drying array of sports climbs came to the rescue and, after a rather slithery approach up the steep path, seven of us enjoyed an excellent session on the challenging Sector Swans.
Best news of the night was that someone has recently added an extra bolt to the superb Black Swan Rising F6b, which now means that after years of nerve-shredding ascents, one can now progress through the very technical middle section of the climb without the fear of a potential ground fall from 20 feet! Andrew made a forceful ascent of this popular but increasingly polished route so the extra bolt was very welcome for him and for the rest of us watching from below!