Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Stars In Their Eyes

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend May 2009

A report from GrahamC on the weekend's activities:

Andy C, Graham, Jeff and Richard made the best of the weather over the bank holiday with a star-studded weekend of climbing in the North-West.

Graham and Andy stayed in sunny Lancashire on Saturday, where Andy led some of the finest VS's in the region - Metamorphosis (VS 4c, 3*) and Samarkand (VS 4c, 3*) at Anglezarke, and Mohammed the Mad Monk of Moorside Home for Mental Misfits (VS 4c 3*) at Denham. Graham backed off Terror Cotta (HVS 5a, 3*) before leading Wedge (HS 4b, 1*) at Anglezarke. He then made up for his previous failings with a lead of Mohammed the Medieval Melancholic (HVS 5a, 2*) at Denham (a route he failed on a couple of weeks back).

On Saturday evening they travelled up to the club hut, where they were joined by Jeff B, Richard, and some light rain. As is mandatory, a few beers were consumed in the Coledale.

Sunday morning started with top class cumberland sausage butties from Braithwaite General Store, before heading up Honister Pass to inspect Buckbarrow How. It was still in the shade, the wind was blowing down the pass, and the crag looked mostly very loose. And with not many easy options the consensus was to move on to somewhere a bit more friendly (although Jeff and Graham certainly plan to return sometime to tick the classic of the crag, Sinister Grooves). Plan B was Quayfoot Buttress, but this looked damp and uninspiring, so it was decided to head to the ever reliable (and by this time sun-drenched) Shepherds Crag so that something would at least get climbed.

Andy C and Graham switched leads on Eve (VS 4c, 3*) and Brown Crag Wall (VS 4c, 2*) before Andy led Adam (VS 5a, 3*). Jeff and Richard also climbed Adam and Brown Crag Wall, either side of soloing of Little Chamonix (VDiff, 3*).

Monday brought more clear blue skies and more quality routes, this time at Castle Rock.

Andy led Richard up Gangway Climb (VDiff, 2*) and Kleine Rinne (VS 4b, 2*), while Richard returned the favour on Direct Route (VS 4b, 2*). Jeff and Graham switched leads on Yew Tree Climb (VDiff) before Jeff led Direct Route. Graham retired after lunch, opting to sunbathe while Andy, Rich and Jeff switched leads on Zig Zag (VS 4b, 2*).

Although all four had a very satisfying weekend, it was Andy C that won the Star-Tart Trophy with a total of 28 stars over the course of the weekend.