On Friday 6th June, Keith, Dougie and I headed down to Bowden Doors in Northumberland for Dougie’s first outdoor bouldering trip. The weather was stunning with bright blue skies and sunshine, although it did make it a little warm for climbing. We plastered ourselves in factor 50 and then began our very short 2 minute walk in to the crag.
After discovering a sheep lying on its side unable to move in the field, and a trip down to the local farmer to alert the shepherd, we headed along to the ‘Sheep pen’ at the far left of the crag to warm up. The sheep pen contains 6 or so easy short problems with an excellent flat landing, ranging from font 3 – 5. It was also a good spot to introduce topping out on problems as it’s a technique that can’t really be learnt indoors.
We then had a play on the classic problem ‘The Light Bulb’ font 6a, before making our way to the Scooped Wall area. We climbed several other problems around this area, including the classic ‘Scooped Wall’ font 6b and then wandered back towards the main wall of the crag having a look at how to place gear and set up belays at Northumberland venues. Gear is a bit limited and hard to find at the top of the crag compared to venues in the central belt.