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Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Monday, September 20, 2010

On Thursday morning it started raining, then kept on raining so much we thought we were back in Buxton, so we had to take refuge in the Cathedral Cafe, and then we just had to order some food so that we could use their free internet. We discovered a new favourite dish - White Bean Chicken Chilli soup - delicious!  We decided to make use of the afternoon by going to the laundromat in neighbouring Oak Hill. (No photos of that yet - we're going to do a post sometime later on the theme of 'Laundromats we have visited'...)

When Friday morning dawned with a beautiful sun in a clear blue sky, we realised that we weren't in Buxton, after all. We headed back to Summersville Lake, to do some of the routes we couldn't get on the previous Sunday when it was really busy. This time it was very peaceful and we wore ourselves out. Darrell did one of his favourite routes so far - Satisfaction Guaranteed - and it did what it said on the tin!

On Saturday we had one of those epic days that all trad climbers will relate to. We decided to go to Star Trek Wall on Fern Buttress, reputed to have some 'easy' trad routes. It was a long, treacherous walk in: spider webs everywhere, biting insects, poison ivy, acorns propelling from the trees like missiles every few metres and snakes suddenly slithering out from under rocks.  Along the way, though, Darrell did his new most favourite route - Wild Seed (zoom in on his face in the photo and you'll see just how pleased he looks!). 

Eventually, we got to Star Trek Wall and it took us about an hour of faffing about with ropes and gear and setting up belays for climbing off a ledge in order to ultimately only climb 3 routes totalling about 40m! Even more amusing was the abseil down and having to shimmy down a tree trunk in order to avoid getting tangled up in branches and foliage.

So now we're in a motel in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, en route to the Red River Gorge tomorrow. Not the most upmarket location - there are at least 12 fast food joints within a stone's throw -but it's been 90 degrees today (32 C) so the air conditioning is welcome, as is a shower big enough to comfortably shave your underarms and legs in (that's Amanda's comment, not Darrell's, by the way).
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Mum on

Hello both,
What a wonderful lot of pictures! You look so happy in the motel room---and so clean!!!!
I'm pleased everything is going so well according to plan.
I had your message today when I got home from a National Trust outing to Avebury. It has been a gorgeous day so we enjoyed it very much.
It was good to hear your voice, Darrell, but there were lots of crackles and bangs on the line so I didn't hear the last part.
I hope the weather cools down a little for you to enjoy your climbing, with no more snakes!!!
I shall be incommunicado from Sunday, so I shall not see any of your messages until I return. Then perhaps I shall have some news for you.
Much love to you both

Sinnet on

I'm so glad you have this blog. It's great to see all your photos and hear all about the different experiences you've had. Glad you put those upscale plastic wine glasses to good use! Hope the weather stays nice for you - we are melting here in VA as it is back in the mid 90's again. Have you both been playing your instruments in the evening? Take care.

Caroline on

Rain..? Don't talk to me about rain. Went for a walk in Grin Woods yesterday because the sun was shining. Half way round a storm of biblical proportions rolled in. Torrential rain turned to hail. I was completely drenched in minutes. Green Lane flooded, Temple Road was a river, Sevenways junction flooded. It coincided with the kids coming out of the community school. They were divided into two camps: the ones who took shelter under trees, screaming at every flash of lightning and waiting to be picked up by their parents, and those who thought, "What the hell?" and waded through the raging torrent. I joined the second group of what the hellers. Lots of fun.
Temperature in Buxton today about 13 degrees. Smashing!
Off to the opening production at the new arts centre tonight. You really didn't need to travel thousands of miles. We have enough excitement here...
Lots of love Ca xxx

Allen on

Wild Seed looks steep. What grade was it?

The trad routes interlude amused me. Tut tut, you should know better by now!

Allen XX

Lyn and John on

Hellllooooooooooo. Sounds like you having a ball. Must share with you a sad maths teacher story seeing as you will appreciate my disappointment with myself! I am the proud wearer of a new maths T shirt that has the classic where's X question on in followed by the comment 'here it is' with a line pointing to the x on the right angled triangle.Do you know the one I mean? Anyway- been wearing it at school, and kids have been loving it along with rather marvellous Pi t shirt which has pi to 1million dp. I'm sounding sad arent I.... anyway teaching pythag and forget to wear it. Kids told me off. I'm gutted I missed my moment!
T time gotta go. food battles to be fought!
Sending snogs
L+J x

amandarrell on

Hi Allen. Wild Seed was a superb 11a (about French 6b+). The top was pretty steep but covered in jugs. Haven't managed anything much harder than that yet but I'm working on hitting 12a before we leave. We're now in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and the climbing is even better than at 'The new' as they call it. Weather still excellent but you'll be pleased to hear there are thunderstorms forecast so we may have some enforced rest days soon. There's a big mix of sport and trad routes in the areas we've visited but your right, it's best I stick to bolts, just thought I ought to give the rocks and friends an airing, having brought them all this way!

Still not entirely sure how this blog thing works so I don't know if you'll get a message about this reply. I'll email you as well!

amandarrell on

Lovely to hear from you and of course I don't think you're sad! I'd have loved to wear one of those tee shirts but had to wear a shirt and tie at our posh school don't ya know! Not missing it much! Been doing so much climbing we haven't had time to update the blog recently but there's a 70% chance of rain tomorrow so it may happen. Lotsa love from D and A xx

Pete N on

Wow - some really nice pictures there. And still almost summer-like conditions. It's going to be a real shock to the system when you get back to Buxton. I've just been looking at some pictures from Ruth, out for a Saturday walk along the 'edges' in the Peaks with Sheffield Uni walking club and it looks much more like an English autumn than you're experiencing. Continue having a great time, and look forward to hearing the traveller's tales in person in due course.

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