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.
Looking back to Lee from the traverse on pitch 3
Looking along the ridge southwards
A Buttress from Easy Gully
Lee belaying me from the first stance.
Lee gathering his thoughts on the top of A Buttress
Lee on the 4th pitch of Eliminate A, after the exposed traverse
Lee in Easy Gully
Lee coming into the ‘cave’ at the end of pitch 3
The successful team, Lee and yours truly
Me on the 2nd belay
A Buttress on Dow Crag
Looking across to Giant’s Crawl on Upper B Buttress
Me, thoroughly enjoying leading every pitch of this classic VS route!
Lee pulling round the corner at the top of pitch two