On the edge

When the Millennium edition of the Yorkshire Gritstone guide was published (1998), Rylstone was well established as one of the best crags in the area: home to all the horrendous wide, flared crack climbs one would expect but also technical walls and some simply brilliant slabs. And while few of the boulder problems - some better thought of as short routes not really worth roping up for - had been officially recorded at that time, there are literally hundreds to choose from and I have spent many hours wandering on the edge, trying new problems and returning to old favourites...
...such as those found beneath the Cracoe war memorial in particular. Out of sight in this image, the face of the leaning block in the lower left of the image above provides a testing, delicate yet strenuous slab while the wide block centre right gives a minor classic starting from the obvious crescent ramp and finishing in the flared crack that splits the centre of the face. No doubt it is recorded in a more recent guide and whereas once I would have checked for such information instinctively, now I am happy just to know it is there, one of many amongst which there's those I can do, and those I can't.
One that I can - a simple enough problem pulling up on big holds to an awkward mantel at the top...
...from which there are long views into the heart of The Dales, the high moors littered in boulders worn and weathered, the only sound that of the wind in the heather and now and then, the grouse.

Comments

Allison Simpson said…
Very interesting we came to sea kayaking for much the same reasons 😜