Saturday, August 26, 2006

It's been a good week for climbing in the Peak with some pleasant, dry evenings. The usual suspects such as Stanage and Curbar have seen plenty of attention and there's plenty of folk enjoying alternative venues like Rivelin and Shining Clough. It looks like being a mixed bag in the Peak for bank holiday weekend with some light rain on Saturday. Sunday looks like being dry and a good chance of some rain on Monday morning. It's going to be one of those weekends where you've got to take your chances as dry rock's going to be at a premium. Perhaps more sheltered crags like Froggatt, Lawrencefield and Rivelin might be worth a look.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

On Wednesday we had a half day at Wharncliffe - one of the least popular crags in the Sheffield area. We had the place to ourselves and went from one classic to another - Puttrell's Progress (S) and Himmelswillen (VS) are some of the best routes of their type on grit. Things are still warm but Thursday evening saw lots of climbers at the Plantation area of Stanage. The Right Unconquerable (HVS 5a) saw a number of ascents (which was a good effort considering the greasy mantelshelf at the top) as did Tower Face which is another fine HVS.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The limestone dales of the Peak saw loads of activity this weekend whilst the gritstoners sweated in the heat. Popular crags in Chee Dale included The Lifts, Rubicon and the Cornice which is seeing loads of action. The annual assault on 'Sardine' (F7b+) and 'Tin Of' (F7b) has begun in ernest at Raven Tor where there's a new generation of strong youths camped for the summer. The heat made gritstone routing difficult and there were notable failures on Quietus (E2 5c) at Stanage. Good commitment though trying to climb an overhanging gritstone jamming crack at the top of your grade on the hottest day of the year. If you wanted gritstone bouldering you needed to find shade and the correct answer was 'Gorilla Warfare' at Curbar which is as shady as it comes. Still steep though!