A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of climbing a classic multi-pitch Very Severe climb that’s been on my ‘hit list’ for a very long time. Eliminate A on Dow Crag. As Lee wasn’t keen to lead anything at Very Severe grade, I was lucky enough to get to lead every pitch, something that is quite unusual for me on such a sought-after route.
Lee pulling round the corner at the top of pitch two
Lee on the 4th pitch of Eliminate A, after the exposed traverse
A Buttress on Dow Crag
Lee off to ‘bag’ the summit of Dow Crag.
Me, thoroughly enjoying leading every pitch of this classic VS route!
Looking back to Lee from the traverse on pitch 3
Me on the 2nd belay
A Buttress from Easy Gully
Lee belaying me from the first stance.
Lee gathering his thoughts on the top of A Buttress
Lee in Easy Gully
The successful team, Lee and yours truly
Looking along the ridge southwards
Lee coming into the ‘cave’ at the end of pitch 3
Looking across to Giant’s Crawl on Upper B Buttress