Friday, November 10, 2006


It's been a chilly day out a Burbage North today, although a few folk were out braving the elements. Martin and myself spent the day running through some rope work and navigation prior to his forthcoming Mountain Leader (ML) assessment.

It looks like the weekend is likely to bring windy and showery weather (particularly on sunday). I'm sure it will still be possible to climb on the gritstone edges, as the wind will dry the rock quickly. Definately worth wrapping up though, as windchill will be significant at more exposed venues. I would go for the classic sheltered venues of Cratcliffe, Rivelin, Birchen and Lawrencefield Quarry..

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


It may have been cold up in Scotland; but back in the Peak District there has been some great autumn weather. It's generally been cold and crisp over the last couple of days, with excellent conditions out on the grit.

As such, a few folk have been out and about during the week. Jo Bawden made a swift ascent of the large and exposed arete 'B4XS' (E6) at Hen Cloud on Monday. There were a few people out at Stanage this afternoon including a large team of paragliders ridge soaring (pictured).

Unfortunately, the weather looks set break as the week progresses, although there might be some snowfall in Scotland..

Saturday, November 04, 2006


Well it looks like winter is here in the northern corries of the Cairngorms. The last few days have seen snow flurries and well rimed crags at higher levels.

Rob Jarvis and myself managed to snatch 'No Blue Skies' VI,7, 'Hookers Corner' V,7 along with the thrutchy top pitch of 'Hoarmaster' V,6.

Nick Carter, Kev Rutherford, Martin Moran and Andy Nisbet were also out making the most of the early season cold snap with ascents of 'Hoarmaster', and 'Pygmy Ridge' IV,5.

In the Peak District the weather has been predominately cold and clear with ideal climbing conditions on the gritstone edges.