The day after my finger injury was forecast to be glorious. I headed to Gogarth to do a classic E3, knowing that I could climb it 2 fingered if need be, and hoping that it would be on big crumbly holds, so I wouldn’t have to crimp.
It worked out perfectly.
Achilles (E3 5c) is quite a new addition to the cliff, from Pat Littlejohn. I think it didn’t make the past guidebook, which is why Ian hadn’t done it (he’s done most things at Gogarth). With the new Ground-Up book in hand, we climbed up Emulator (E1) and scooted across to Achilles.
It was great. Not too hard, well protected and nice rock. Worthy of its 2 stars.
Two weeks of crumbly trad to see how my finger goes won’t be so bad! Plus the Vaynol 10k run is coming up next month, so I will be able to step up the running for that too.
Injuries are brilliant!
Some photos from Gogarth below:
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