First apologies for the delay in posting but well what can I say , a truly great location for a meet, we were though blessed with the weather for starters, just a shame so few people attending, the Saturday we all climbed at Bowden Doors, a bit of a shock to the system as all seemed fairly steep to me but great routes and with the heat, we were totally wrecked by about 4pm just having the the entertainment of the only one still standing climbing Paul thanks! Sunday we sought a bit of shade at Kyloe which again had great routes and we were able to flatter ourselves on some more slab like routes. we returned to our base for a quick refreshment before a cycle to Bamburgh and for some a cool off in the sea. Monday we went south and high up with fantastic panoramic views all around at Simonside again good routes but a bit less used and licheney, we were beaten back by the midges about 4pm , was scared to try the 3* classic vs layback crack, even if i had had 8in friends probably would not have had time to put them in. On a note for future visits the site we stayed at was not really for tents, we were the only ones, it was very friendly though with all manner of wildfoul, ducks, ducklings, turkeys, guinea foul and rabbits, near to the chippy and COOP, maybe a better site would be the camp site at Wooler. Hopefully people will have seen photos on facebook Bill
Eight people plus two dogs set off from Cutthroat Bridge along Derwent Edge in drizzle which quickly developed into “dancing white rain” and a cold wind. Morning highlights- coffee at Wheel Stones, Chris impersonating a gorilla for a photo? Ziggy stealing a lunch pack from young ones sheltering under a rock, rock formations, descent just before Back Tor, hot chocolate and Bovril at Fairholmes. Andy’s eternal optimism that the weather was improving and learning that optimists live longer than pessimists! Morning lowlights – cold wet weather, numb hands, realisation that very few of us had packed gloves, Afternoon highlights – ascent via Lockerbrook, blue sky, delayering, warm sunshine, interesting route up to summit to bag all tops of Crook Hill, – for some of us the first time, deciding where the relics of the ancient stone circle were, final descent to Ladybower Bridge and realisation that cars not too far away. Afternoon lowlights – aching legs, more ascent after ladybower Inn.. Overall – a 13 mile route with all four seasons, fantastic views from both sides of the valley, and great company. Thank you for an enjoyable day out, Ali
An early start for me, Gemma and Lance at Windgather Rocks today, getting in a few miles warm-up run before being greeted by a further 13 members and 2 more dogs. We all managed to stay dry even with the occasional threatening black cloud above but thanks to the strong winds they were soon blown over, bathing us in sunshine. Lots of routes were bagged, between us all including most of the starred and top 50 routes.
See Castle’s facebook page for a selection on photos 🙂
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.
Despite the Meet Leaders optimism, it appears that some people were put off by something called ”rain”? However, he and fiancée [!!] duly arrived at 10am to find prospective member Risa waiting for us. We set out for the crag in dry weather, heading for some modest climbs as Risa had never climbed before. As Vanda set out on the first route, Hugh arrived. Despite very slippery trainers our new recruit soon ascended the starred slab. Time for introduction to gritstone jamming which we all subsequently polished [!!!] off, thanks to Hugh’s lead and Vanda’s intro to belaying lecture. So far, we’d stayed dry, so our oldest female leader was pointed at a lovely off-width polished crack. Despite overcoming the crux and placing all the gear, she then nobly handed over to Hugh to grab the glory. At this juncture, the heavens opened but after a slight wobble, the top was achieved, leaving the meet leader to second in a deluge to retrieve the gear. Risa was obviously enjoying herself so much she borrowed Vanda’s rock boots and followed. After 3 routes, the Meet Leader was discovered not to have led anything, so despite the gentle drizzle we made our way to a chimney, green in parts, wet all over but plenty of gear where all had fun transferring green to clothing, the winner being our new recruit. To avoid any pre-marital stress, it was now decided, at 2pm, that route 5 was to be ‘Pub Direct’ where 2 soups, 1 beer, 1 hot chocolate and 2 chip butties were enjoyed. Thanks to those who came and had their characters built even further, it was fun to be out in less than perfect weather for a change. Pictures on Facebook as soon as my phone’s dried out enough to work [hopefully]. Cheers Paul and Vanda
Ten of us made it to Borrowdale between the Wednesday and Sunday. Walking, climbing, biking, scrambling and wild water swimming all took place. On Saturday some tried to find Millican Dalton’s cave. Millican wrote an article in the 1913 Fell and Rock Club journal advocating camping as an antidote to modern life’s stress. In the summer he lived in a cave near Castle Crag; having given up conventional life as an insurance clerk. He made a living from hiring out light-weight camping kit and guiding people up Napes Needle. On the occasion of his 50th ascent he built a fire on top, brewed some coffee and smoked Woodbines. Some of us tried to find the equally elusive Nitting Haws scramble, ending up on High Spy, and Dalehead. Climbing took place on Raven Crag, Shepherds, Doves Nest and Glacial Slabs, mainly on the less wet Sunday. Bill and Paul also explored Gouther Crag, West of Shap, including the excellent Kennel Wall. Chapel House Farm campsite was friendly and a good base. Maybe next summer we could do a six day Lakes trip, split between two valleys.
A fine team set off from Derbyshire Bridge . Almost immediately we were overtaken by club cyclists and that set the theme for the day. A good ride with long fast descents and ok climbs (Def did it right way round). Stops for cafe and cute alpacas. On the final grind up Goyt valley pride made us take on a group of mountain bikers who were out for a picnic and had music playing while they rode, sadly it was a bit of a struggle. Overtaking their dog was even harder but we dug deep. Thanks to all who came. Elen
Seven of us – Linda, David, Kial, Gemma, Steve, Chris and Hugh flew to Bergen in mid May to experience the trad. and sports climbing opportunities close to the city. Kari was an amazing host and opened her house to us all, providing great hospitality, which went as far as passing on her cold to Linda and subsequently Hugh and David! Our first duty, the morning after we arrived, was to celebrate the National Day of Norway with a traditional breakfast, with hosts Kari and Randi in national costume, and a street parade. However, we were soon on the rock! Bergen has an average of 260 days rain a year and appeared to have one of the highest per capita ownerships of Gortex in the world. However, the islands to the west – Sotra and Oygarden – where most of the climbing is, are much drier. We hit a perfect weather window over the first five days so climbed until we dropped. The trad. climbing we did was mostly on granite from single to four pitch routes. The sports climbing was largely on gneiss, characterised by extensive horizontal banding on steep walls. The climbing was never more than 30 minutes from the road but in beautiful quiet locations, sometimes next to the sea. The crags were quiet, especially the trad. ones Eventually the rain did catch up with us (we began to understand why the guidebooks are published on waterproof paper) so we spent a day in the city and walked up one of the hills that surround Bergen. Another day’s climbing and Steve and Chris were on their way home. Kial and Gemma had a day in the fjords, while the other three also headed there to stay on Amund and Randi’s farm for a couple of nights. We visited a very wet Uskadalen on the way – amazing granite slabs with multi-pitch routes. Hopefully we will get back there one day. Randi and Amund took Linda, David and Hugh on a very enjoyable Via Ferrata above the town of Odda. It follows old wooden ladders and then staples across granite slabs and walls, beside huge iron pipes which used to supply water for a hydro-electric scheme. From the top there were extensive views along fjords with glaciers above. Following a couple more days on tourist activities, including ferry and train rides and a visit to a medieval stave church, we returned to Bergen. The last days were spent dodging the weather, including two half days climbing and a great evening’s sea kayaking with Laila. Thanks again to Kari and Randi and we hope to welcome them to the Peak District soon.
12 keen members enjoyed perfect climbing temperatures and fine weather on Bamford Edge on Sunday. Most of the climbing took place on Neb Buttress with some straying rightward to Christmas Buttress (introduced by Chris and not in the so called ‘definitive’ guidebook) and Gun Buttress. There was much debate about both the line and grade of Bamford Rib (HVS?) which was climbed by 3 parties and Oracle provided good sport and photography, being in a fine position. Great day out before the crowds arrived and an early finish for most, except Paul and Andrew who were last seen on Gunpowder Crack having struggled up the first overhang (5b on a VS!). Mark P
9 members, 1 non member and statutory dog attended the Shinning Clough meet. Bill kindly checked another car park to see if Jo and Chris where there but they just arrived later having had much to much fun the previous night. Bill still managed to beat us getting up to the crag as we decided to go the ‘scenic’ way through the heather- meet leader skills sadly lacking. Good climbing and lovely day. Thanks to all. Mary