The walls here are steep and the rock (disregarding the top of the crag) is generally solid, if a little dusty and as with most limestone it has a bit of polish.
I started with a little warm-up, off and on using the bigger holds and concentrating on footwork and smooth movement with only maybe 30seconds or so between rests. Despite this I found myself pumped almost instantly. I sat and rested until it had eased but it happened again...and again. I could feel it in my fingers as well as my forearms. After a good rest I had a go at one of the traverses but only got halfway along what last year I was cruising with little effort. The resting place I used to use to relax and depump I found useless today, I just wasn't getting anything back.
Either I'm just having a bad day, am still recovering from some straining from the other day or maybe I'm just tired. I don't know but it's certainly knocked me down a peg or two. The only positive I can really take from today is that technique-wise I'm feeling like I am moving well.
A bit of low grade soloing on the easier angled walls around the alcove made me feel a little better, able to hang around a bit more and enjoy the climbing while the sun disappeared.
A free guide to Ravenswick climbing is available here
A free guide to bouldering on Black Wall is available here
To see what I've been upto at Dalby Forest today click here.