A Question of Balance

Following a wet day's biking of mud spattering descents, swollen becks and driving sleet, the morning's blue skies above Slipstones were a welcome sight.
A favoured haunt in previous years, the crag is a winter sun trap whose low walls present a series of perfect gritstone problems...
...one of the easier offerings, but in keeping with the style of climbing here and a perfect start to the day.
As with attempts on many of the short routes or problems here, efforts to capture an image that does the outlook from Slipstones any justice have more often than not, been in vain.
Still, I quite like this shot, looking down on Birk Gill Beck...
...this one too, looking down on another birk, also enjoying the coarse grit.
We had a look at Paul's Arete too - just a look mind - at E1 5b (the trad. grade making more sense to my mind at least on this 'route', than the bouldering grade - a mere V1) and just a touch high for comfort, it seemed best left for another day. And I'd done it years ago anyway. Hardly worth the effort of repeating...
Finishing the day with Curving Crack (V2 but reassuringly close to the ground), I was pleased to have managed a few half respectable problems having climbed so little recently, but more so simply to be able to enjoy such a place still, without the intense drive to climb at all costs, in all weathers.
Like most things, it is all a Question of Balance. Which is a particularly nice little problem on the lower tier beneath Buttress 21...

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