Lunchtime bouldering sessions

One of the advantages of being based in Guiseley is the possibility of a bit of quick-hit lunchtime climbing. With a little more planning we could probably hit Caley but for now we’re popping up the hill to the jewel in Yorkshire’s bouldering crown, West Chevin.

Fran crimping hard on Eat the Light (V6/7)

In truth West Chevin may not be quite in the leagues of Caley or Almscliff but there are a few cracking problems which are well worth a visit if you live near by. The Ground Up Wall has half a dozen problems at V3 and below all of which are worth a star when they’re clean and looming large above them are the awesome looking highball arete of Particle Collision (v8) and hanging wall of Brownian Motion (V10).  The Rayneman Wall looks good but desperately needs a clean as does the area around Homeland. Eat the Light (V6/7) and Avatar (V5/6) stay reasonably clean and are worth the trip on their own and have their own warm up problems in Scimitar (V2) and Fried Green Onions (v3).

The problems tend to be crimpy, watch out for your knuckles

If you’re nearby then West Chevin is definitely worth a quick visit after a few days of dry weather. Bring a brush (soft bristles only please) a rag and a pad and you ‘ll have a great time. Take a look at the topos and download the guide.

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