Open Season

Well, here we are again, my friends. Grit season may not have been officially announced via the only medium that matters (, but certain scrittlers have already got a head start with adding new problems to Yorkshire’s pebbles. Here’s a round up of what the young James Turnbull has been up to in the past 19 days.

Crow Crag
Crow’s Nest – 6C: “Just down and right of Narrow Buttress. Short hanging arete starting with LH undercuts and RH crimp finishing by the tree. No footblocks.”

Yeadon Crag
Oakenshield – 7A+: This one looks really good. Start in the same place as The Arkenstone (possibly unrepeated. James has apparently tried this twice but hasn’t cracked the crux <smug self plug>). Climb out and right following the bulge to a direct finish up a runnel. I’m sure there will be more Yeadon psyche this year. There’s still lines to fall there!

Finders Keepers – 7A: Highball left arête of the main keeper crack buttress. Steady climbing leads to a worrying stretch to the top and a tricky topout.

The Prize – 7B+: King line that seems to have escaped notice somehow.

Ice Fall – 7B: “Connect the breaks up the center of the wall via a small pocket and a bushy topout.” Assuming this is the glaringly obvious leaning wall right of The Serac. Should have tried it sometime.

Burn Stones
The Spine – 6B: Obvious prow next to Secret Service at right hand end of the crag.

Oil in my Lamp – 6C: Left lip of the Midnight Roof from the back.

Beds are Burning – 7B+: Sitter on the right of the Midnight Roof climbing into Midnight Oil Right via a jump.


Don’t forget to let us know of any new routes you’ve done on the Unknown Stones!


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