There was a decent turn-out of climbers given the perfect weather conditions of clear winter skies and little breeze. I was inspired to witness someone climb Blade Runner (C5/6) for my first time before I set to work on Everyman's Route (C5) in order to swap the screwgate karabiner installed last week for one rarely used. I then top-roped Cathy Come Home (C8) to the right but only to 2/3 height. The pair climbing next door to us had started to lead up the same route directly below me and, despite it being unlikely, I did not want to risk dropping an axe on them. I'll come back soon and work this route properly.
|Climber on Blade Runner (C5/6)|
|Climber on Cathy Come Home (C8)|
|Julia climbing Slab Route|
We moved to the West side where we climbed the unnamed route between Back Up and St Gerome (C5). The bolts on the slab are now slightly loose and best not tested too much. The initial moves through the low overhang are excellent however nearly all the placements in the upper half of the route are now into soft chalk ledges that require little precision.
|Julia contemplating the crux of Back to the Future (C6)|
The cliffs turned ochre coloured as the sun began to set. My forearms were telling me it was time to go home.
|Afternoon sun over Saltdean's cliffs|
|Incredible sunset over Saltdean's coast|