Thursday, June 22, 2006

How to climb rock when you live in Bucks!

The now alomst professional standard, Wednesday night climbing crew of 'Hard Start Steve', 'Travis Crimpenhorn' and 'Vertigo Dave' have reached the limits of all known indoor climbing facilities, so with this in mind and a two and a half hour drive to Sheffield or Bowles, the granite-warriors tapped the underground and came up with a stunning little Gem. Where do you climb outdoors when you live in Bucks? Answer, you go and play on the disused railway bridges near Olney! I must admit that I was a little sceptical before we left, but as it turned out, there were some really good routes to be had on the bridges. The brick slabs are rough-cut Grasandnite Stone (Jelouse, geology boy? The IBFC's rock knowledge is encyclopedic, really obscure stuff that, shipped over from Chad especially for disused railways.) with all sorts of holds appearing, crimpers, undercuts and slopers - all there. You can climb all variety of routes and take some as high as the bridge sides (appx 30ft), but we hadn't got a bouldering mat with us, so settled for a few techy crimp routes, with Hard-Start setting a few beuties. Thoroughly good. We'll be back when the new spandex sponsor comes up with the goods.

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