Trad Climbing at Ilkley, Yorkshire.

We have been climbing for over a year now but when it comes to outdoor experience we are pretty much beginners. We have bouldered outdoors a little but today we had the chance to really try out climbing on some higher stuff!!

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

I always expected that climbing at heights wouldn’t bother me, but to my surprise once I was high up on the rock I started to loose my confidence!! To be fair this is the highest I had ever climbed indoor or outdoor and I am much more used to bouldering, but by the end of the day once I had done a few routes and my hands had warmed up enough to actually grip the rock I really enjoyed it and wanted to do more!

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Of course being our first outing trading we didn’t do any leading, but I felt like I picked up a lot of new information on climbing I had been oblivious to just bouldering and sport climbing. I look forward to coming back out and eventually leading some routes myself. I also found that I really enjoyed the quarried grit and found it to suit me as a climber.

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

The pace is also very different to bouldering and I did get a little bit cold waiting for my turn and belaying, but I enjoyed getting out and experiencing a different type of climbing and definitely want to get out and do some more trading and longer/ higher routes.  The challenge is just so much more mentally demanding than bouldering and gives you something extra to think about!



Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk

Ilkley, yorkshire, climbing, trading, outdoors, cow and calf, quarried grit, uk