Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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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.
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).