Hot Aches' Creative Director Paul Diffley losing it; attentively spotted at a safe distance by an amused Sarah. All photos Hot Aches Images
Sarah Daniels modeling the new Hot Aches T shirt (more about this soon), sending Razor Edge B7. Diff is so impressed that he's already started the round of applause.
Dave Brown guerning his way up the same problemOnto the unclimbed line, but by now the sun was warm and conditions were just not good enough. So we headed a bit further around the crag and caught up with Ben Bransby who ignored the heat and re-climbed his superb and scary looking new highball problem, the Prow.
Ben Bransby on The Prow at Cratcliffe
Ben near the top of the Prow
Meanwhile Ben's dog Klem threatened proceedings by stealing the Hot Aches food supplies.
Klem 'giz us your sandwiches or I'll bite your ankles'
Next we headed off to Black Rocks where Emily Brazenell re-supplied us with butties so that the cameras could keep rolling (thanks Em)
Emily Brazenell climbing Beauty font 6c at Stanage the next day. Spotted by James Pearson.
At Black Rocks James Pearson and Adam Long were attempting a ground up ascent of Johnny Dawes impressive E8 slab from 1994, The Angel’s Share E8 7a. The first ascent was done solo after top rope practice. It was described as a 'desperate route with unusual moves: no handholds on the pebble-less slab result in several rock-overs which require timed momentum from the previous rock-over to enable a foot to be placed higher'. The team had 4 mats which makes it a different proposition but still the prospect of a big fall to a small landing area.
Adam Long on the start of 'The Angel’s Share E8 7a' (video stills)
Adam on the final moves
One of the may falls
Late in the afternoon he succeeded, but not content immediately despatched the E6 to the right and then rounded it off by quickly sending the E7 to the left. Impressive slab climbing.