Monday, October 30, 2006

It's again been a busy few days with Saturday and Sunday spent in the Lake District. Nigel, John, Steve, Phil and Gemma joined me for the expedition phase of a split weekend Mountain Leader Training course. The weather was challenging in Eskdale on Saturday, with heavy rain and extremely high rivers combined with poor visibility. However, this gave us ample opportunity to explore the syllabus fully!

Today John, Mark and myself visited Kinder Scout for some mountain navigation practice. Despite a drizzly start the day improved dramatically with fine weather in the afternoon.

It looks like the mild weather might be coming to an end as the wind swings around to the north on Tuesday bringing colder conditions.

Friday, October 27, 2006

It's been a busy week with some mixed weather in the Peak District and North Wales. Monday and Tuesdays conditions resulted in a good start to a Mountain Leader Assessment course in the Carneddau area of Snowdonia, with relatively mild temperatures for October.

Wednesday saw us out and about on Kinder Scout in heavy showers and strong winds. The view over to the Eastern Edges was clear though, suggesting that the hardy may have been out on the grit.

The forecast for the weekend suggests that the weather is likely to be best on Sunday with colder conditions coming in early next week.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Despite a slightly damp start the Burbage Valley was in good condition today. Most of the crags were busy including Burbage North, Burbage South, Higgar Tor and boulders at Burbage South.

Burbage South got a bit of a hammering with Dave Evans soloing the classic route 'The Knock' (E5) followed by a solo ascent of 'Nosferatu' (E6) by Neil Dyer. Not to be out done, Tim Neill and Phil Dowthwaite tested what is rumoured to be the best fall on grit from 'Offspring' (E5).

At a slightly easier grade the classics of 'Sorb' (E2), 'Byne's Crack' (VS) and 'The Boggart' (E2) all had ascents along with many of the usual boulder problems.

The weather looks slightly mixed for Sunday with the possibility of some rain, with colder weather to follow later in the week.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The morning fog gradually lifted today resulting in good conditions out on the grit. The forecast looks even better on Sunday with relatively mild conditions after a cool night. This should bring brilliant friction for those tricky slabs!

Unusually, I was inside today at the Rockcity Climbing Centre in Hull, working with Pete, Carl, Lucy, Fran and Kate.

Further afield the winter is coming in Scotland allegedly, with long range forecasts suggesting cold conditions next week. For full details visit and

Fingers crossed for some early season Scottish mixed routes..

Saturday, October 07, 2006

It's been a cold and windy day out on the grit today. The conditions have been great despite the heavy rain of the previous day. Many people were out and about at Stanage Edge, and the sheltered venue of Lawrencefield was mobbed. 'Excalibur' (VS), 'Scoop Connection' (E3), 'Great Peter' (E1), and the ginger bread slab routes all saw traffic.

Luke, Chris, Nathaneal (Nottingham University Explorers Club) and myself visited both Stanage Edge and Lawrencefield looking at specific group skills for organised climbing sessions.

The forecast for Sunday suggests similar conditions, with strong winds and overnight rain. The more sheltered venues of Rivelin, Wharncliffe, Lawrencefield and Birchen Edge might give some respite from the wind..

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The weather has been a mix of sunshine and sometimes heavy showers over the last few days. Although our blogs have been sparse (due to a nasty accident with my laptop), activity hasn't been, with many folk out and about on the eastern edges. Over the weekend, Jules Barret and myself were over in North Wales working on a Mountain Leader Training course for our collegues at Adventure Unlimited. Following a day looking at safety and movement on steep ground, including an ascent of Tryfan, we also managed to fit in a river crossing (pictured).

Early in the week Simon and myself also visited a couple of lesser known venues, practicing rope access and work positioning techniques, prior to Simon's latest project for the RSPB.

The weather forecast currently suggests that Thursday and Friday are likely to see some heavy rain, although it's allegedly improving towards the weekend..