Open climbing weekends (New Members meets) April 2015

5 CI Tegness Pinnacle, It's a Rockout, April 2012

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about climbing outside, meet fellow climbers and hopefully enjoy climbing on some of the Peak District’s finest crags.

We have changed the format for the New Members weekend slightly this year. There will actually be two weekends giving us more chance of climbing outside, while we also hope to initially meet those interested in our club at Awesome Walls following the success of the day there last year.

Come and find out more about our club and its members. Contact details for more information at the bottom of this page.

Below is the text used in wider publicity of the events:

Sheffield’s Castle Mountaineering Club are holding two open rock climbing weekends in April 2015, providing the opportunity to find out more about the Club and meet some of its members. The weekends are primarily aimed at those who wish to move from indoor to outdoor climbing and are 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?

These weekends provide the opportunity to meet fellow climbers of a range of abilities and ages, first at the climbing wall and then outdoors. We plan to meet at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on Friday 17 April from 6pm and then at Birchen Edge on Sunday 19 April from 10.30am. The following weekend we plan to meet at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on Friday 24th April and climb at Stanage Edge on Sunday 26 April starting at the same times. However, it might be raining, meaning a change of outdoor 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, mentoring and climbing partners while Club membership provides access to BMC training courses.”

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

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.

Andrew Milne, Membership Secretary can be contacted on 0114 2686605 and David Pendlebury, President on 0114 2219460


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    Helen Jones

    Myself and a few of my climbing friends from Lincoln were hoping to explore Stanage the first weekend in October. Just wanted to enquire if there were any events on this weekend as we would be top roping and have read it can be busy. Thank you

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      Dave Pendlebury

      The Castle MC have a meet based around the Castle Buttress area on Sunday. If the weather is good, Stanage is likely to be busy but as it is 4 miles long and has over 1300 routes I am sure you will be able to find something for your group.

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