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Progress to rock at the Castle MC open climbing weekend

Posted by Will Harris on 16/04/2014

Get out on real rock with the Castle Mountaineering Club.

Sheffield’s Castle Mountaineering Club is holding an open rock climbing weekend on 10-11 May 2014, providing the opportunity to find out more about the club and meet some of its members. The weekend is primarily aimed at those who wish to move from indoor to outdoor climbing, focused on the Peak District’s glorious gritstone.

Have you spent all winter down at the wall and want to move outdoors? Do you want to find out more about what rock climbing involves? Are you an experienced climber looking for a climbing partner?

This weekend provides the opportunity to meet fellow climbers of a range of ages and abilities. The club plans to climb at Stanage on Saturday and Birchen Edge on Sunday, starting at 10.30 on both days. In the event of poor weather there may be a change of venue, so it is important to contact the organisers in advance (see below).

President David Pendlebury said:  “It is often daunting to move from the security of that red route you can do to placing your own gear and working out where a route goes. Joining up with our club members, who have been there before and often have many years’ experience, can ease this move. Our members are able to offer informal advice and mentoring, while club membership provides access to BMC training courses.”

“Ideally you will have climbed indoors, have your own harness, belay device and boots, and can tie on safely and belay someone competently. However, the club has some equipment which willl be available on both days. If in doubt, please speak to one of the contacts.”

“Castle Mountaineering Club members undertake a wide range of activities including rock climbing, walking, trekking, backpacking, ski mountaineering, ski touring and mountain biking. We are a sociable and supportive group with a lot of combined experience. What unites us is our love of the outdoors, whether it’s the great countryside on our doorstep in the Peak District or adventures further afield.”

If you are interested in attending this event or would like any more information about the club then please contact :

Andrew Milne,  Membership Secretary on 0114 2686605
David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460

Visit the Caste Mountaineering Club website

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