Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Bouldering at Thorn Crag

Bouldering at Thorn Crag, Trough of Bowland,  21st October. 2012.

Photos and report from ChrisM:

A perfect, crisp, bright Autumn day. Immaculate grit boulders with quality problems. Sunshine that was aesthetically ideal but chilly enough for those slopers to stick. The sage wisdom of Will enabled some serious grade pushing in this stunning bleak landscape. Bouldering Heaven really. As you can tell, I quite enjoyed it.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Stanage 2012.

DerekH was unable to take the lead in this event due to sudden swollen knee problems. The meet was taken over by StephenS who changed the venue to Stanage Edge. The climbing was mainly V. Diffs near the Robin Hood area in perfect weather. There was lots of tuition on hand for making main belays, protecting climbs on route and abseiling. Most of the climbs were top roped with encouragement and no doubt rib tickling criticism from participants.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Kinder Scout Walk Report

Kinder Scout Walk 2nd September. KenF.

Under normal conditions this walk is a challenge being 12 miles long and having a double ascent amounting to 2000 ft. This wet summer made it something else. We left Hayfield at 9.30am and headed for a misty Kinder Scout. There were occasional flurries of light rain. At the Downfall we postponed elevenses and headed straight across the peat hags on a compass bearing to Fair Brook Naze. It is usual to find gravel channels leading in the approximate direction of the Naze but much work is being done by the Water board to control erosion so many of these channels were blocked with water and silt. Some attempts had been made to grass the individual steep sided peat mounds transplanting grass seedlings – a remarkable effort. We hope our trek over didn’t disturb any of these conservation attempts.

The descent down Fair Brook Naze was a pleasure as always. The rain had stopped and we were bathed in sunshine. A quick meal and a pint at the Snake Inn and we were off for the next ascent over Ashops Clough returning to Hayfield at 5.30. A hard day but what a good mountaineering workout. .

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Southern Sea Cliffs - Camping Meet 2012.

A previous, Friday 4th to Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2012 - Cornwall

The Southern Sea Cliffs Camping Meet in 2012.

This meet took take place in Cornwall since that gave the best chance of drier weather. Previous experience has shown that the weather isn't continuously bad in Cornwall at this time of year. Bad weather rarely lingers and showers generally blow through quickly, permitting some climbing to be done even on bad days. We usually use the well appointed Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park. It has good showers and washing facilities, on-site shop, Wi-Fi, on-site bar and is near the Queen's Arms in Botallack.

The area is home to some astonishing routes, all with a big sea cliff ambience. The ocean is never far away but there are still plenty of little luxuries such as cream teas, good pubs and fine food. To see what is involved, try researching Bosigran, Chair Ladder, Sennen and Gurnards Head, or see elsewhere on our blog for reports and photos from previous trips to Cornwall.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Windgather Beginners' Climbing Meet 2012.

The Gritstone Beginners' meet is Sunday 29th March 2012 at Windgather Rocks.  organiser: Chris Manasseh.

Photos from the last Beginners' meet have been posted on Facebook but are reproduced here with the route names and grades for those who may be interested:

John leading Green Crack 10m Sev. 4a 2* belayed by Alan.

Dawn seconding Green Crack 10m Sev. 4a 2* and Alan seconding Chimney and Crack 10m VDiff.

John leading North Buttress Arete 10m HVD 4a belayed by Alison.

Dawn seconding North Buttress Arete Direct 10m VS 5a 2*.

Malcolm leading High Buttress Arete 12m Diff 2* belayed by June
 and Andy Taylor seconding Director 12m VS 4c 1*.

Alan seconding North Buttress Arete 10m HVD 4a.

Malcolm leading High Buttress Arete 12m Diff 2* belayed by June
 and Alan seconding Director 12m VS 4c 1*.

Chris solo on High Buttress Arete 12m Diff 2*.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Annual Dinner - Sunday at Tremadog

Following the Annual Dinner on Saturday, the next day is proposed a climbing at Tremadoc, or the Moelwyns. The photos below are by Chris who climbed Hail Bebe, with Geoff and Gina, on the Vector Buttress at Craig Bwlch y Moch at the last annual dinner meet at Tremadoc.

Annual Dinner - Gribin Ridge Scramble & Glyder Fach summit

For anyone keen enough to attend the whole weekend, a scramble is proposed up the Gribin Ridge then traversing to Glyder Fach and the Cantilever Stone.  Descent by the scree to Cwm Tryfan.  Below are pictures from the last Annual Dinner scramble up Moel Siabopd.

Leaving the first rest-stop beside the old quarry workings.

Approaching Llyn y Foel with the Daear Ddu Ridge in the background.

The first steps.

Traversing above the gulley.

Almost at the top.

The Daear Ddu Ridge viewed from the North East Ridge on the descent.

Steve showing good style on a gentle glacis during the descent.

Steeper ground on the descent of the North East Ridge.

The Notch with Llyn y Foel still far below.

Well deserved beers with the day's objective still visible behind.

The weather was remarkable, there wasn't a cloud in the sky all day. Although it was misty in the far distance, we were rewarded with good views from the summit, especially of the Snowdon Horseshoe and also of Tryfan and the Glyders. Despite some of our guests complaining that the extent of the day's activities had been misrepresented to them before they agreed to come along, everyone returned safely having enjoyed an excellent day out.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Winter Climbing - Scotland

24th - 26th February 2012

This meet was organised by Steve Fletcher and was suitable for newcomers to winter climbing. Steve had the assistance of Jason King who was involved in Steve's recent trip to Nepal. Jason is a lecturer in the outdoors at Leeds Met University and has climbed and guided in a number of places around the world. He is happy to impart to us his knowledge of winter climbing, including rope work, building belays, ice axe arrest, and avalanche conditions assessment.

The meet was limited to around 6 to 8 people.