|The Shropshire Hills|
|Batman HVS, the quiet end of Nesscliffe|
|The big cliffs of Llanymynech - spot the climber|
Tony was pretty impressed on arrival at Llanymynech - it is a big crag and the length of the lines makes up to some degree for the slightly iffy nature of some of the walls. We started on two 6a lines on the left of Foreigner Walls which were fine, then Tony got on the rather fine Smack the Juggler (6b+).
|Tony's first Llanymynech route, some slightly chossy non-descript 6a, but still all good fun.|
|Unknown climber on Smack the Juggler 6b+|
In the same vein, having watched another team on the rather wonderfully positioned Bah Bah Black Sheep (6a+) at the far side of Grid Iron Wall, I wanted a go. I did reasonably well until the inevitable arm pumpage made me wimp out of a minor run out above the crux. After a little rest on the bolt and giving myself a stern talking to over being such a wuss, I pulled back on and finished. Tiger Tony, of course, then cruised it but I used the excuse of wanting to show him the rest of the quarry as an excuse to put it on my aforementioned list to come back to, rather than putting the effort in and trying a second time to lead it cleanly.
|Same unknown climber on Bah Bah Black Sheep, 6a+|
We then headed to Welsh end of the quarry and Bay Wall. I remember cruising routes there last visit, and Tony indeed shot up the first route he tried that I had identified as a 6b, commenting he couldn't really see what was different about it to the other 6as we had done. I then headed up what I believed to be a 6a only to grind to a halt and then fall off a bit where I couldn't really work out what to do next. After lowering off, we more carefully checked the topo and realised that, yes, incompetent my guidebook reading was to blame so that Tony had indeed cruised a 6a and I had fallen off the 6b. Ooops. Tony then shot back up to my high point on the 6b before pulling a couple of great long reaches through the crux to finish. Then I, not wanting to finish on a low, battled up the not terribly great 6a (Summer Bay Babe) that Tony had already done.
|Some not very good 6a on the Bay Wall at sundown|
|The DMM Renegade 2|
|DMM Aero quickdraw|
You can watch DMM's product videos for the Renegade 2:
DMM Renegade from DMM Climbing on Vimeo.
And for the Aero krabs/draws:
DMM Aero from DMM Climbing on Vimeo.