I've spent the past two weekends at Raven Tor in the Peak District. Mostly because of the rainy weather, it is sheltered and stays dry there. I started trying 'Revelation' last year and wanted to have another crack on it now that I am feeling stronger this year. The route starts off as a hard 2 more V9 boulder and then continues as 7c+ route to the chain. The route gets 8b.
When I got on it last year I had the top part sorted, I just needed to get the boulder problem. I tried it many times and came away in frustration with just one attempt getting me to past the 1st section! I am determined that it will go this year.
So I got on it an put the clips in, and worked the top section and very quickly got that again. So on to the boulder, and that didn't go as I hoped. I tried it again and again and started to feel the frustration coming back to me. For me, as soon as the frustration with a route starts creeping in the best thing is to walk away or the demons get hold of you. Walk away, try something else and then go back to it with a clear head, ready to tackle it again.
A couple of people were trying 'Ben's Roof', a classic V10 boulder problem in the cave a Raventor. So I had a go. It can be divided into 3 section and I started after the 1st section and flashed it to the end. (Why didn't I start from the beginning that was easy!) I was tired at this point so worked it a bit more and went to the pub. Came back the next morning and it went 1st go. An awesome and unexpected tick for the weekend :)
I will be back for 'Revelation"!!!!