Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The weather has been mixed again over the last couple of days, with some fine sunny spells between the showers. Monday saw Leon and myself out working on a Walking Group Leader (WGL) Training Course for White Hall Centre. The western side of Kinder provided us with plenty of ground for detailed navigation practice. http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/whitehallcentre

Kinder Downfall is looking quite dry at the moment despite the recent rain. The neighbouring cliffs, although unfrequented, will give good climbing for those keen to combine their activity with a bit of a walk.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Its been a fairly mixed bag weather wise so far over the Bank Holiday weekend. I spent Saturday and Sunday in the Lake District with Ben and Mike covering essential self rescue skills. Having visited Langdale and Shepherds Crag (see photo) we experienced some heavy showers giving way to a fine afternoon today. Many teams were out enjoying the classic routes at Shepherds. In the Peak District the weather has been some what better, with plenty of folk out on the grit. One team from Manchester climbed all the Stanage VS's in just over 10 hours; any takers?..

New Gallery images from the Self Rescue course mentioned above can be seen at http://www.jamesthacker.co.uk/rescuealbum/index.html

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A great day in the Peak District today; a fine sunny day with no showers for a change. Quite a few people were out and about. We noticed a number of parties climbing at Ravensdale (pictured) in Cressbrook Dale, following the recent lifting of the bird ban last month. The recent rain means that the River Wye is quite high, sadly making climbing at Rubicon and Water-cum-Jolly very difficult. At a guess this will also mean that some of the crags in Chee Dale will be difficult to get to...

The eastern side of the Peak District seemed to miss the showers this evening, allowing a few parties to tick routes on the grit. Stanage, Curbar and Froggatt were all popular with teams bouldering as well as roped climbing. The picture on the left is of Windy Buttress at Stoney Middleton which is particularly dry at the moment, despite the frequent showers. In addition, the fantastic traverse line of 'The Pendulum" on Garage Buttress is always a good option for the keen in wet weather. The forecast suggests a brief break in the weather tomorrow...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The weather has been fairly mixed over the last couple of days, with some heavy rain at times. Gales were also forecast for today, although only strong winds arrived resulting in some fast drying gritstone on the Eastern Edges. There were a few teams out on Stanage, Burbage etc this evening, making the most of the break in the weather.

The forecast continues to be fairly mixed for the next few days. The sheltered venues of Stoney Middleton, Lawrencefield, Birchens and Froggatt are probably good bets in the current conditions. There is still plenty of climbing to be done if your keen...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Low cloud and drizzle again today around the eastern edges made for interesting climbing conditions. We made for Lawrencefield Quarry, a good sheltered venue in light rain. In most places the rock was dry allowing plenty of climbing to be done by many parties. "Three Tree Climb", "Great Peter" and "Great Harry" are three classics that stay sheltered and had plenty of ascents today. Our team made good progress with plenty of gear placement and toproped leading practice.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Some challenging weather out in the Peak District today with some frequent rain showers in the Hope Valley. However, this wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of our team doing a Lead Climbing Course at Froggatt. Despite the heavy showers the grit does seem to be drying quite quickly due to the warmer weather. Fingers crossed for some lengthy breaks in the showers tomorrow...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Fine weather today with a little rain later in the day (as forecast). Plenty of people were out and about climbing and walking. We went to Kinder Scout today, for some navigation as part of a Summer Mountain Leader Assessment course with our collegues at Adventure Unlimited http://www.adventureunlimited.org.uk