Tophet Wall and the Napes 24 July 2011
As the forcast for the West was the best, Paul and myself headed off to tick the lakeland classic Tophet Wall, HS***. We parked the car at Seathwaite and approached via Styhead Tarn and the climbers traverse. We arrived at the crag atfer approx 1 hour 45 minutes, feeling a tad damp in the arm pit department! Luckily though, there was only one team on the climb - Carmen and Simon from York Alpine Club.
Paul lead the way and strung together the first 2 pitches into one, leaving the hand traverse and pinnacle for myself.
After scambling back down to our sacks via Great Hells Gate we realised that we had plenty of time to tick off Napes Needle, which was just round the corner! When we arrived at the Needle Carmen and Simon were on the route, so we killed the time with watching a team on the superb looking route "The Cayman" E2***.
When it came to our turn Paul opted for the traditional Wasdale Crack HS*** ascent, which was more a kin to ice skating than climbing. Once at the shoulder Paul pasted over the reigns for the precarious mantleshelf which lead delicately to the top of the block. Well what can I say - 2 lakeland classics in one day, it felt good and the sun was shining! Next stop the pub!
We also bumped into Stuart (the pirate) and partner, who were on Eagle's Nest Ridge Direct - thanks for shouting hello Stu!
Many thanks to Simon for taking the above sequence of pics.