Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Troutdale Pinnacle

Sea kayaking and a day in Borrowdale.

As previously reported, some of our members have been displaying an unnatural enthusiasm for water sports. This month Graham, Jeff and John have been on an apparently enjoyable trip to Scotland.

Anyway, it seems that they haven't given up on climbing completely, and they have managed to find the time for a swift ascent of Troutdale Pinnacle on their way back home.

Monday, 24 August 2009

The Roaches

Sunday 23rd August 2009

Things started slowly due to the slighly delayed arrival of the meet organiser and kicked off with a tour of the Lower Tier whilst AndyG, KenMc and Rob attempted to make contact with the various parties that we were expecting. This also gave people an opportunity to examine the remains of the recent rockfall from the top pitch of Valkyrie.

Eventually contact was made with Jeff and DaveC (and family) while Julie and Carl did Yong HVD 4A 10m 2* before joining everyone else on the Upper Tier. Meanwhile, Dave, Gareth, Steve and Trevor were on a stealth mission to the Skyline area.

KenMc led Jeff up Right Route VDiff 24m 3* and they managed to retrieve another party's stuck gear while they were at it.

DaveC got started by leading Rob up Rotunda Buttress VS 4c 18m 1*.

Julie led Carl up Jeffcoat's Chimney VDiff 24m 2*.

DaveC also led Jeff up Black and Tans S 4a 30m 3* and Central Route VS 4b 16m 2* before heading over to the Heather Slab area. Here, Rob led Inverted Staircase Diff 22m 3*, finding an elegant solution to the chockstones in the final chimney.

A little further back KenMc led old members, Paul and Amanda, up Maud's Garden Sev 4a 22m 3*. After some encouragement, Julie also enjoyed leading Carl up Maud's Garden.

At around 4pm, Dave, Gareth, Steve and Trevor decided they had done enough and made arrangements to meet everyone at the pub later. Then, while Rob also led Maud's Garden in very good style, DaveC and Jeff got the last climb of the day with an ascent of Damascus Crack, by the slightly harder variation finish VS 4c 12m 1*. By which time it was starting to rain, so everyone retreated to The Lazy Trout in Meerbrook.

Friday, 14 August 2009

New Public Profile

The club has a new public profile on Facebook.

The new profile is available for use by all members, prospective members, beginners, guests and other friends of the club. The profile, including photos and website links, can be viewed without having to sign up with Facebook. It is intended to improve access to the club for prospective members and those members who do not wish to join Facebook. Any Facebook user will be able to "become a fan" of the club and contribute photos, news and other information. The new profile will allow members to receive updates from the club in their news feed.

Members are reminded that the existing Facebook group will still be retained and fully supported as a private forum for fully paid up members.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Wings of Unreason

The Roaches 2nd August 2009

Some of the chaps, and also a chapess, were at the Roaches on Sunday. It seems that MarkD has been at the Redbull again. Here is a brief report from RichC with photos by the entirely unrelated AndyC:

Went up to Skyline.

Mark led Jess up Time to be Had (HVD*), meanwhile Charlie started off by leading me up Cracked Arete (HS 4b).
Mark then moved on to Tobacco Road (VS 4c*), I believe he did the 5b start.

Meanwhile I lead the rather bold Condor Slab (VS 4c**).

Jess then got her lead head on for Condor Chimney (VD), while Charlie and I wandered over to the next buttress and did Lighthouse (VD*).

Mark decided to push things up a notch and led Jess up her first E1 - nosepicker (E1 5a). I lead Spectrum (VS 4c*) and Ogden Arete (S 4b*, wild start for the grade), while Charlie did Ogden (VD*).

It was then time to get something off the ticklist done, so we walked along to the hard very far buttress where Mark led Wings of Unreason (E4 6a**) onsight, complete with crazy dyno for the topout.

I followed him up in slightly less convincing style.

Oh just noticed I missed a route out - Charlie led me and Jess up Slab and Arete (S 4a**), after Jess had lobbed off the start, blown a chunk of rock clean off the wall and decked out!

Mark soloed it as well, and he soloed the adjacent Karabiner Slab (VS 4c*).