11th August 2019 meet Report

With music events, festivals and air shows all around the country being cancelled due to bad weather, Wimberry Rocks didn’t stand a chance. So a bad weather alternative was selected, Wharncliffe Crags.

Wharncliffe has a lot going for it but chiefly it’s my nearest crag and as I was organising it so I get to choose. My plan was simple, get to the parking area for 10.30, wait in the car for half an hour whilst watching the rain fall then go home. Job done

Messages on WhatsApp showed that there was some interest but the weather forecast did not fill me with enthusiasm. Sunday dawned grey and overcast but off I dutifully went.

Not surprisingly the Rotherham section of the Club were there in force: myself, Leon, Chris and Jo along with Paul E and two new members Cesca and Lee neither of whom had been there before.

This magnificent seven headed off to the Hell Gate and Himmelswillen area where such classics as Hell Gate (S) and Tower Face (HS3*) were done, then onto Long John’s Stride where Paul E did battle with Richard’s Revenge (VS 4c 1*) and Lee fought gallantly with Lincoln Crack (S). Blood and tears were shed on both. The day was rounded off with Cesca leading the lovely Beta Crack (VD)
Despite grey skies and the occasional spot of rain, against the odds we had an excellent day.

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