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CHAmois Picture of the Month

 

Each month a different image or photograph of the CHAmois club is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a member. Click on the small image below to see it full size.

September 1999

Botterill's Slab
Botterill's Slab
Photo: Stuart Lowe

Explanation: On the Sunday of the Wasdale meet (11-Jul-99), the climbers headed for Scafell Crag on mass. While most of the others attempted Moss Ghyll Grooves etc, four of us went up Botterill's Slab (VS/4C 100m/330ft). The second pitch starts about half way up the photograph above. Initially, we ended up moving out to the left edge, where it was easier, but part way up, there are some thin cracks and we were able to continue on the slab itself. With the weather and the views/exposure, it was a brilliant climb on excellent rock. Once at the top, we read the guide book and couldn't beleive that F Botterill (along with H Williamson and JE Grant) were able to make the first ascent ("Feet clad in nail boots, he held a full length ice axe in one hand, sported a little rucksac on his back, and trilby hat on his head. The ice axe was carried to remove loose rock and vegetation." - 2nd June 1903) - quote from "Classic Rock Climbs in the Lake District" by Bill Birkett.

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