Friday, 30 March 2012

Dumbarton Rock

Today Graham and I swapped the rural scenery for the urban jungle and headed down to Dumbarton as we needed to be in Glasgow that afternoon. I had never been there and on arrival I was impressed by the imposing wall of where Rhapsody goes and also by the extensive bouldering there is there. If you phase out all the rubbish and graffiti then it is quite a cool place. So to get cracking I led us up a horrible looking E1 5b called Longbow, it actually turned out to be really fantastic climbing and reasonably tricky. A great little warm up. After a false start by Graham on Windjammer (HVS 5a) I took over and led this, again no pushover, I would say a sandbag at HVS but maybe I'm just being weak. Anyway we decided on some sport routes and after putting in the clips in I made a clean lead on Persistence of Vision (7a+) which I was well chuffed with. Graham had a few hits on the top rope before we bailed into Glasgow to get Graham ready to ask his girlfriend to marry him!

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