Thursday 24th April 2014 -Meet Report

5 “usual suspects” and one non suspect ( Judith on Easter holiday) met by Gardoms Edge in welcoming sunshine -T shirts,sun glasses & sun hats were donned and,shock horror,a pair of shorts!

The weather remained fine and we ambled along traversing Gardoms Edge and so over to Chatsworth following the high ground and Edges to Stand Wood from where we descended through the park towards Baslow.

Lunch near the park limits was followed by a stiff climb above Baslow and across Gorse Bank Lane with great views of Stoney Middleton and Eyam.One last pull and we reached the Wellington Monument with the track back to the road and the cars with only a group of menacing looking Angus cattle barring the way.We passed unheaded,however, and were soon back at the cars.

A lovely spring day in contrast to the weather since.

Mike

Article on the British Mountaineering Council Website…

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
or
David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460
or
email info@castlemountaineering.com

Visit the Caste Mountaineering Club website

Open Rock Climbing Meet 10 & 11 May 2014

We are holding an open rock climbing weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 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?
  • Are you an experienced climber looking for a climbing partner?
  • Do you want to find out more about what rock climbing involves?

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This weekend provides the opportunity to meet fellow climbers of a range of abilities and ages. We plan to climb at Stanage on Saturday and Birchen Edge on Sunday, starting at 10.30 on both days. However, it might be raining, meaning a change of venue, so it is important to contact us 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 the Club provides access to BMC subsidised 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 below.

Andrew Milne,  Membership Secretary can be contacted on 0114 2686605 and David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460 or at info@castlemountaineering.com

Back Climbing! 1st April First Evening Meet of 2014, Burbage North

 We met at the Knight’s Move area, in glorious sunshine with the odd midge (already!)
A wide variety of routes were bagged, including the Knight’s Move itself, which at HVS was a pleasing start to the season, and we left as the sun set at 8pm.
After new guy James jump started John’s car, we all made it to the Norfolk Arms, and at £2 a pint for cask ale we were no April Fools!  Linda

Thursday Walk Meet Report

On Monday, March 3, 2014 12:23 PM, Paul/Vanda <paul.vanda@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
Driving out to Hope, the weather looked grim, but undeterred 8 of us rendezvoused in Woodbine Cafe over bacon, egg and tea before setting out around 10.30.
By now the weather had relented, almost sunshine, as we gently wandered along the riverbank to Castleton, avoiding most of the mud and newly fallen trees. Arriving in Castleton, we made a slight alteration in the plan and visited Paul’s memorial stone early on in the walk. Good to see the cycle inner tube is still around the stone after 6 years, although a few bulbs planted would be good as the originals aren’t flowering now. After a short time full of memories we moved on.
The next stage took us up Cave Dale, the only significant ascent of the day. Emerging at the top we turned for Mam Tor, stopping for lunch by the crag/cave just before the road. As we prepared to leave, gentle rain started to fall so waterproofs were donned. Good job too, as  by the time we reached Mam Tor summit the wind was blowing hard, visibility dropped markedly and rain began to get stronger for a while. By the time we reached Hollins Cross however, it had relented and a decision was taken to continue along the ridge, rather than the descent into the valley as planned. As we traversed the ridge, it became clear it had been a good decision as the valley trail was a morass of mud, more of which later. At Back Tor, some of the party avoided the ascent and mud hopped through the woods, hoping to meet up with the rest of us after the ascent of Lose Hill. Halfway down we were all reunited in time to sample the ‘delights’ of the narrow muddy trail back into Hope. As we were by now trailing mud everywhere we were a little dubious about re-entering the cafe but the lovely lady invited us in to finish the day by the fire with drinks for all and an unshared teacake for JB.
Thanks to all who turned out to join the walk and remember our fellow CMC member Paul.
Pictures on Facebook.

Sunday 09 March. Scrambling on Kinder South

Sunday 09 March. Scrambling on Kinder South
 
Any hint of cloud had disappeared as seven club members and one guest headed from Upper Booth for a day of walking and scrambling on Kinder Scout. In less than a mile the team were balancing round boulders in the stream bed of Crowden Clough with the sun reflecting off the many mini iridescent waterfalls and pools that sparkled against a clear blue sky. Judith who was new to scrambling unselfishly avoided some of the hairy traverses round pools and stuck with photo duties but joined the rest of the team in a direct ascent of the main waterfall pitch and finished through the final optional chimney pitch.
 
Back on the main path for half a mile the team then headed down the broad water washed rock steps at the top part of the right branch of Grindsbrook Clough before heading back up a small side clough on great rock Fired up by some great scrambling that had gone before Geoff suggested the team head back down Grindsbrook and try a line of boulders and rocks that led to the top of Grindsbrook Knoll. This was not as good as it looked on closer inspection and there were mutterings from some of the team as the final part of the ascent was up a steep gully and involved pulling on loose grass and rocks that weren’t attached to much. All this was forgotten as the team emerged back into the sun, had a sit down to recover, and enjoyed great views as they descended back to Upper Booth.
 
Some of the team then headed to Hathersage to take afternoon tea and cake and end a classic day out.

 

Sunday 09 March. Scrambling on Kinder South

 
Sunday 09 March. Scrambling on Kinder South
 
Any hint of cloud had disappeared as seven club members and one guest headed from Upper Booth for a day of walking and scrambling on Kinder Scout. In less than a mile the team were balancing round boulders in the stream bed of Crowden Clough with the sun reflecting off the many mini iridescent waterfalls and pools that sparkled against a clear blue sky. Judith who was new to scrambling unselfishly avoided some of the hairy traverses round pools and stuck with photo duties but joined the rest of the team in a direct ascent of the main waterfall pitch and finished through the final optional chimney pitch.
 
Back on the main path for half a mile the team then headed down the broad water washed rock steps at the top part of the right branch of Grindsbrook Clough before heading back up a small side clough on great rock Fired up by some great scrambling that had gone before Geoff suggested the team head back down Grindsbrook and try a line of boulders and rocks that led to the top of Grindsbrook Knoll. This was not as good as it looked on closer inspection and there were mutterings from some of the team as the final part of the ascent was up a steep gully and involved pulling on loose grass and rocks that weren’t attached to much. All this was forgotten as the team emerged back into the sun, had a sit down to recover, and enjoyed great views as they descended back to Upper Booth.
 
Some of the team then headed to Hathersage to take afternoon tea and cake and end a classic day out.

Thursday Walk- 20th March- Report

Thursday Walk- 20th March- Report

 4 of us met above Moscar Heights to be greeted by a strong and cold wind with grey skies. With a forecast of rain spreading in from the west by approximately 2p.m. we started promptly at a good pace.

 The buffeting continued over Ughill Moors, but we were soon in the shelter of the Dale Dike valley. The pace was maintained with no coffee stops until we descended below Brogging where we finally stopped for lunch in the shelter of the woods below the Strines reservoir. It was then onwards and upwards to the Boot’s Tower in the face of the wind.

The relative calm of the rhododendron tunnel in the grounds of Sugworth Hall then led us to the Lodgemoor crossing and back to the cars at 2.15p.m. just as the first drops of rain arrived.

A bit of a blustery day, but the ground was mostly dry and the rain held off. A good romp enjoyed by all.

Mike