Passing Rock Bottom

I have passed Deer Gallows many times while running above Embsay Reservoir (and never yet managed to find an entirely dry route) but only occasionally visited with rock shoes, which after spending a short afternoon on the clean rock of Main Wall, I realised has been something of an oversight.
With far fewer routes than its neighbour Crookrise, and requiring a little bog-trotting whichever way it is approached, Deer Gallows is never going to get particularly crowded and is well suited to soloing.
Passing Rock Bottom (E3, 5c), a route on which telescopic arms are useful* and falling off the crux is not recommended, the blind flake of Cave Crack Alternative (VS 5a) provided an enjoyable start to the afternoon after which Fist Crack gave the sort of fight only Yorkshire Grit can. Harder than it looks, says the book. I would not disagree.
The Pinnacle, climbed on this day via Staircase Rib - a nice V Diff which gives access to the summit block where I sat for some time just listening to the grouse and soaking in the sun.
*Yorkshire Gritstone, The Millennium Edition


Ian Johnston said…
Lovely last image there Will....

Kind Regards