Saturday, 21 January 2017

2017 Meeting Calendar

Complete 2017 Meets Listings

Jan 8Walk Local AreaLes Berry
Jan 21Indoor Climbing at Edinburgh ArenaJohn Armstrong
Jan 27-29Braithwaite Winter MeetKen Fyles
Feb 12Pendle Hill WalkKen Fyles
Feb 24-26Braithwaite + Kendal Wall Meet (Sun)Hannah Carrington
Mar 12Lamaload Res (White Peak) WalkKen Fyles
Mar 17-19Annual Dinner W/E - Capel CurigKen Fyles
Apr 9Peak District WalkRoger Sager
April 15Horseshoe Quarry ClimbingSimon Chriscoli
Apr 23Boulderin, Craig-y-LongridgeHannah Carrington
Apr 28-30Working W/E at BraithwaiteSimon Wallbank
May 12-14Ogwen Camping Meet, N. WalesPaul Haunch
May 28A55 Crags Climbing MeetJeff Dodwell/Alice Mason
Jun 9-11Langdale Walking & Climbing W/EKen Fyles
June 23-25Beginners Rocks Climbing, BraithwaiteJeff Dodwell
Jul 7-9BBQ Meet at BraithwaiteAlice Mason
Jul 16Stanage EdgeHannah/Simon Wallbank
Aug 19Worlds End/Trevor, LangollenSimon Chriscoli
Aug 25-28Pembroke Climbing & Coast WalkingJ. Armstrong/A.Mason
Sep 2Wiltonfest (BMC Sponsored)Simon Wallbank
Sep 10Peak District Walk, Higher Shelf StonesKen Fyles
Sep 22-24Gogarth Camping & ClimbingJohn Armstrong
Oct 6-8Moelwyns Climbing & Walking W/EKen Fyles
Oct 15Clwydians WalkRoger Sager
Oct 28Halloween MeetAlice Mason
Nov 12Nicky Nook & Grizedale WalkKen Fyles
Nov 18-25Spanish Rock - MallorcaJohn Armstrong
Dec 10Anglezarke to Limbrick WalkKen Fyles
Dec 28Helsby - Frodsham WalkKen Fyles
Dec 31New Year at BraithwaiteKen Fyles

The club meets every Monday evening at the North West Face Climbing Wall, Warrington
For meets, please book before the previous Wednesday to avoid disappointment - e.g. a meet may be cancelled if no interest is shown.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Introductory meet for new members 2-4 December

The intention of this meet was to introduce people to using the hut and the wealth of walking and climbing in the Keswick region.
On the Saturday we walked direct from the hut door along the stream by Newlands Valley and scrambled up Rowling End and Causey Pike. At the saddle an option was given to return back to the hut via Barrow (making a 4 hour walk) or continue around the Coledale Horseshoe. Being a cold but fine day the team decided to continue over Crag Hill, Hopegill Head and Grizedale Pike returning to the hut at 3.30pm.
Plenty of time to relax by the fire, cook a meal and visit the pub in preparation for the following day's activities.

Rachel and Ian on Hopegill Head

The intention for the Sunday was to go rock-climbing on Shepherds crag but the weather dictated that it was too cold to be standing around belaying. As an alternative we travelled to Seathwaite to visit the higher hills and find some snow.


Snow Climbing onto Great End   View from the Great End

New members are welcome to join us on any meets. At hut meets there is normally no planned itinerary and members do as they wish, walking, fell-walking or rock-climbing according to their wishes and ability.
The next introductory meet at the hut is on the weekend of 27-29 January, 2017

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Braithwaite BBQ Meet 16-17th July

We were spoiled with lots of sunshine this weekend in the Lakes for the club BBQ meet.

Both climbing and walking were able to be enjoyed by members and guests.

On the Saturday, Ken undertook a full day's walking on the ridges surrounding the hut while Chris and Hannah took Alfie (aged 8) on his first multi-pitch route - Quayfoot Buttress in Borrowdale.

A fantastic climb although slightly damp still in places from the recent rain, but with beautiful views throughout! Sarah, Brian and Yvonne joined us Saturday evening for the BBQ - thanks to Sarah for the homemade goodies!

Sunday brought more sunshine and a climbing opportunity for Yvonne and Ken, while the rest of us decided to have an easy day! - Hannah

Alfie (8) on Pitch 3 of Quayfoot Buttress.
View from Quayfoot Buttress
Ken, Chris, Yvonne, Sarah & Brian at the BBQ

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Beeston Family Walk - 5th June

Excellent family meet - Taking a pleasant circular walk from the Pheasant Inn to Beeston Castle and back.

To a pleasant surprise Knights and Fierce Battles awaited us.

Kids were less tired than adults at the end. Another successful family meet, we should see you again next year. Alice.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Beginners Meet - May 27-30th - Braithwaite

Despite a small turnout, the weather in Braithwaite provided the opportunity for some great climbing and walking.

On the Saturday, Alice and Jonah traveled to Buckstone How and scaled Honister Wall, followed by Woden's face.

On the Monday, Alice was joined by Simon and Yvonne and a short drive to Shepherds crag, starting off the day on Brownstone slabs.

Simon and Yvonne paired up to tackle Brown Slabs and then onto what should have been Brown Slabs Direct, but Simon leading may have veered onto Brownstones arete, leading to a bit of a zigzag climb - made for an interesting variation.

Alice and newcomer Matt tackled Brown Slabs, Brown Slabs Face and then Alice took on the test piece of Brown Slabs Crack. The climb went well for Alice with only a small bit of trepidation at the crux of the route.

Towards the end of the day, the group decided to finish on Jack Daws ridge. The multi-pitch route should only be defined as a climb for the first pitch, with the remainder being more scrambles. However the group weren't disappointed as the views in the late afternoon were the sort that Borrowdale is famous for and still a reason why so many climbers flock to the location.

Alice on Belay
Simon on Belay at Brownstone Slabs
Yvonne seconding up Brownstone Direct/Arete
Alice at the top of Brownstone Slabs
Beautfiul Borrowdale
Yvonne after climbing up a magical mystery route led by Simon
Matthew, Alice, Yvonne & Simon after climbing Jack Daws Ridge


Monday, 9 May 2016

Family Meet 9th May - Horseshoe Quarry

A great day allowed the indulgence of many on the Limestone rocks of Horseshoe Quarry. A sport climb area in the peak district.

The location made for a simple to set-up top rope arena for all the 'New Kids on the Rock'.

We setup as usual at the Upper Tier of the quarry, which provides some of the easier routes in the quarry and given the amount of members, friends and children who attend, this serves a great plateau area for the children to roam and explore in relative safety without impeding on any other climbing in the area.

With Hannah Carrington, Alice Mason, Simon Chriscoli & Chris Manasseh representing the St Helens Club, it was a good opportunity to practice leads. Initial routes climbed and prepared were: Uranus (3+), Klingon (4) and Saturns Rings (4+).

Hannah at the start of Saturn's Rings

Once ropes were up the opportunity was given for friends and subsequent smaller people the chance to get climbing outdoors.

The weather was warm and sunny and couldn't have been a better day.

An impromptu barbecue provided some needed refreshment and a nice break in the pre-Summer sunshine.

Later in the day Hannah practices some climbs on the shorter routes of Daffy (4), Goofy (4) and Donald (4)

Chris led Torchwood (6a+), which had the crux moves within the first 2-3 moves. Chris also led the fun traverse of Beam Me Up Scotty (5), which Simon seconded and Hannah came across as a 3rd.

Thanks to all that made it a great family day out. I can see this being a more permanent fixture in the St Helens calendar.

Great weather and great turnout.
Chris M on belay.
Chris, Hannah and Simon
A brave young rock monkey
Alice on Uranus


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Beginners’ meet – Sunday April 17 – Windgather

This meet was quite well attended, by club members (7) and visitors (3), despite strong winds and the constant threat of showers.

The location was an attractive setting ahead of the climbing, with a layer of snow & ice (yes in April!), but the Sun was strong and providing some much needed warmth.

With a good mix of beginners, improvers, and experienced members, a lot of fun was had.

There was something of a family theme earlier on, with Simon and his son having fun finding gear at the top of the climbs (which at Windgather involves a keen eye and a spot of creativity).

John brought his teenage daughter along, presumably hoping to inspire her with a love of climbing, but failing comprehensively, as the wind blew them both off the crag and into the pub after an hour or so.

Paul Haunch and Barry Standish were out to for a good start on the rock with the club and after the winter period, Windgather is a good setting to get back into the swing of things.

A few hardy souls stayed on though, with Hannah and Yvonne both impressively building on their experience of leading and belay-building.

One day we’ll go to Windgather when it isn’t howling a gale. Or maybe not…!

Article - Chris Manasseh

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Bouldering at Brownstones 20th March

Hannah Carrington, Simon Chriscoli and his son, Luca, spent a day in the beautiful sunshine enjoying bouldering on the quarried sandstone at Brownstones.

We tackled a few Ash Pit Slab problems first (some a bit worrying due to polished footholds!) before exploring the Top End routes. Thanks to Chris for a sage warning about some of the dodgy top-outs - the heather at the top was very useful at times! A brilliant, sheltered location and perfect for a return visit to attempt the rest of the areas we didn't get to.