The final outdoor Sunday climb of the season saw Curbar Edge bathed in a low, golden sunlight, overlooking the autumnal yellows and reds in forests below. It was cold start to the day but things soon warmed up (no need for crampons and axes just yet!). A good turn out as 10 members met at Calver Wall and set about climbing all the Severes, Hard Severes and a few Very Severes that the area had to offer. Challenging climbing for the grade; Curbar Edge living up to its reputation for being a difficult crag. Notable routes were: Brindle Crack (HS 4b), Polar Crack (VS 4b), U.F.O. (S 4a), Flying Buttress (S 4a), and Potters Wall (HS 4b). Matt 1 looking confident on lead, newcomer Matt 2 tackling everything that was thrown at him. Another great day!!
This beautiful Dale did not disappoint! 15 of us enjoyed the lovely weekend, dryish and cold. The Usha Gap campsite is highly recommended with the best facilities of a campsite most of us have ever seen-spanking new too! Friday night, we gathered at the local pub, a gentle few minutes walk away in Muker. Some had arrived early and been for a walk already. Cycling, scrambling, mountain biking, and walking were all enjoyed. The Tan Hill Inn was a welcome break for the cycling group on Saturday. David added in the Tour de France Buttertubs hill from both sides!! Tom found a good gill to scramble up, and no one injured themselves!! A cave and waterfall at the top looked tropical with the mosses and ferns, but 11 degrees stopped people jumping in and reenacting the timoteo shampoo advert. We squeezed in the cave and went as deep as we could before not grovelling. We all massed round the impressive homemade John Murton fire pit on saturday night, and as the whiskey, chocolates, pringles and wine got passed round, came up with new design features including the little holes being reconfigured to make up the constellations. The sky was clear, and Nigel convinced us he had seen lots of shooting stars. Was he seeing double? All agreed we should revisit this special landscape.
Stanage Meet report. What a perfect day for our ‘Celebration Meet’. Wonderful weather and a grand turnout of members and families, ages ranging from 7-83! A very sociable time was had by all of us, around 20 in number, with a choice of 4 cakes and bubbly, hastily consumed by everybody. Occasionally even bouts of climbing broke out, with routes from Castle Chimney to a rather difficult VS 4c [with hidden hold] ascended [or not] in a variety of styles. Copious use of knees were observed by quite a few, it was that sort of day. Hat’s off to Bill & Elen who had cycled 72 miles yesterday and still made it to the crag. Vanda & I finally met up with Charles on our return to the car park, he’d missed us earlier but we saved him some chocolate cake.
This was just the sort of meet which reminds me of why I’ve been a member for 30 years, the same as Linda and why Vanda has been around even longer. Lots of laughs in good company with some good climbing on a perfect sunny day. Thanks to all who came and made it a great meet. Paul Gibson.
Well, what a fantastic day to say October is just round the corner. Castle Naze, originally shrouded in mist (so much so I drove straight past it!), soon emerged in glorious sunshine that lasted the whole day. 4 soon became 5 and then 7 when Mary and friend Kath had torn themselves away from the croissants. Everyone led something and joined each other on ropes up and down the crag which meant loads of routes got claimed. Particular ones that stand out are No Name led by Leon, though the tricky start had lots of names by the time he’d done it. The Crack was my favourite, a lovely juicy VS led again by Leon and also seconded by Andrew, who wondered just how mad he must have been in his youth to have soloed it. A big star and two stickers however goes to Janet who went from leading HS to leading the ‘classic of the crag’ Nozag, a three star VS described as ‘high in the grade’. Fantastic effort and a great day, all the more precious for being on the eve of Autumn. Helen
Lovely day at Windgather with sun in the morning and some cloud in the afternoon. The initial 4 (2 late due to coffee and croissants) joined quickly by others so in total – after a mountain biker needing even more exercise attached himself to us, there was the grand total of 8 plus the dog. Great to see 2 non members on the meet. First time I have been to Windgather and well impressed and not only for the loads of climbs I could attempt. One of highlights of the day was Steve W beginning his challenge of 1000m of ascent before next June. Rumour has it he hasn’t done this much in the past decade! Anyway good start with some confident leading.
Excellent meet in the Plantation Area today, ably photographed by Frank Mellor, so expect some Action/Club interest pictures at the next comp! Despite a good number of members being in the Alps etc we had a good turnout and many routes ascended, including a fine ascent of ‘Goliath’s Groove’ HVS 5a, by Hugh [and many seconds], a notable ascent of the ‘Coign’ ,HS4b, by Janet, who also managed to get through ‘Helfenstein’s Struggl’, [now where’s my diet sheet?] and Vanda’ s lead of the extremely odd ‘Slanting Chimney’ HS4b brought many oaths from her and her seconds. Although the intermittent midges finally attacked about 4pm, causing some of us to retreat, a thoroughly traditional Stanage day was had by all. Long may they continue. Paul & Vanda.
What a great day out with lots of members and friends. The meet leader nearly blew it, as she decided to have 10 more minutes in bed after the alarm went off and woke up 40 minutes later!! She arrived 3 minutes early, but brain was definitely not in gear. However, the meet led itself thankfully as we were on very familiar ground for most of the route. David, Jennifer and Gordon, doing the 22 mile version were at the meeting point exactly on time, and 8 of us joined them for the 16 (16.6 miles by Andy’s snazzy gps 70th birthday present!), After Frank leading us across a very boggy bit but we all stayed dry footed, we got onto the main approach route for Moscar end of Stanage. Vanda joined us at Burbage, having sorted out her builders, Mike was on the phone at regular intervals to Gill about their builders/stove installers. Lunch break at Longshaw was leisurely as we were well ahead of schedule. Smithy looked longingly towards the Fox House for the whiff of beer was in the wind, but resigned himself to a big slab of pork pie. JB joined later, having been to pilates. However, his description of a rack they lie on and move along etc sounded like torture or bondage to me!! Views were far reaching, and the early morning mist had lifted. Weather was as meet leader had promised, warm, but not a heat wave, and the predicted met office heavy rain in afternoon did not appear!’ We cut short Tom, Marian and Gill’s walk, as they were coming out to meet us, so had only managed 10 minutes, but they didn’t seem to mind and walked the last couple of miles making the group swell to 16. Where were Dick and Lin?? Trig points were climbed in Martin Whitaker Eros fashion by David, and lots of photos on the final 3 ships on the top of Birchens were taken. JB was advised to trim his sails as his trousers were threatening to blow him off the deck of Victory. Lots of banter about ticks in strange places etc must have made Mary’s friend Migs wonder who on earth she was walking with. We arrived nice and early at the Robin Hood and a few got in front of Andy for a well deserved drink. Then Dick and Lin appeared. They had missed us by 15 mins but didnt know if we were ahead of them or behind!! The wind must have blowed away the laughter and noise we were making! Thank you all for a memorable day, which I nearly slept through!! Linda
Make this quick as the weather is too nice to be in, just like the weekend. Fantastic weather helped all get stuck in on lovely limestone, not polished, in magnificent surroundings. Wintours Leap multipitches were tackled with gusto, and Ben had his first multipitch adventure and said he loved it. Shorncliffe and Wyndcliffe were visited for long single pitch routes, strong lines and a feeling of flowing on rock… Back at the campsite, Scout, the dog of Bill and Elen, learnt to drag the log she was tied to round the campsite, and knocked the owners dinner off the stove, and barked at the badgers in the woods, and kept other dogs off our patch. We had a campfire pit for the group and the location of the campsite made it special. The full moon rose majestically on the Friday night, and all 13 of us will remember our time there. Enough, out to play. Linda,
Those of an observant nature will have noticed an early post this morning re this meet, from The Organiser. This seriously disturbed a number of members still in bed at the time. Despite dire warnings from the Met Office, a grand total of 8 members and one welcome newcomer, Janet, felt obliged to answer the summons, flooding towards the crag in waves. Remarkably the crag was still dry as we assembled before 10am and frantic rushing about led to a number of ascents, even during the course of a heavy shower. The Organiser, expecting more rain, even took to hanging upside down and wimpering under an overhang before eventually emerging to finish in the dry. However, by 12.30 a more serious downfall led a retreat after a remarkable number of ascents given the short time available. As CMC tradition demands, it was full speed to Hathersage and the Citronella Tea rooms [Outside was full], before serious gear shopping resulted in many pounds being spent and shares in Paramo rising as a result. As usual, The Organiser delegated her task of writing this report to the most gullible member present, which turned out to be yours truly. Thanks Linda!!!
After an ominous start to the day the rain cleared, exactly as forecasted, at 9:45. The day captured the early pioneering spirit of the Golden Age as lone climbers fought their way to the ‘hard to find’ Dowel Crack, some opting for the high path and hoping to drop in at the right spot, while others opted for the jungle bash on the lower path. Having found the crag, the group of 6 were met with a whole host of awkward, green cracks on this relatively unclimbed area of the Peak. This provoked a barrage of abuse at the meet organiser with comments like, “you’re not organising any more meets”, and, “there’s a reason why this area is quiet”. The group soon realised they were actually having an awesome time climbing in the testing conditions and the abuse eased as the day went on. Safe to say that I think Mary, Nigel, Bill, Hugh, Ellen and Simon all had at least one interesting/horrific experience on what was an awkward crag in testing conditions. Routes ranged from HVD to HS with some well earned ascents of Dowel Crack HVS 5a on a top rope thanks to Ellen and Bill. Simon