Outdoor Midweek Meets at Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley


Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley

Wed 18th May, 2016

The one you've all been waiting for...


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Members: Andy Stratford, Dave Wylie, Geri Mihalkova, James Meakin, George Williams, Clay Conlon

Guests: John Evans, Fiona Dixon, Duncan Zefera, Emily Thompson, Tom Nicholson, Ali.

Pub appearance: Dan O’Brien

Despite a gloomy forecast earlier in the week and a rain shower mid afternoon, the crag was very dry and in excellent condition, then out came the sun and we enjoyed the final warming rays of a fine evening.

Duncan and Dave teamed up with Dave on lead for Great Slab Arete (S 4a) and Duncan leading on Rib and Face (HVD 4a) and the enticing looking HVD of Cleft and Chimney.  "I like climbing on a slug" explained Duncan.  He finishing with a solo of F Route (VD 3c).

Andy might as well have solo’d Crispy Crack (HVS 5a), a delicate affair with one lonely nut very low on the route. Geri and George both followed commendably.  Great Slab Right (HVS 4c) was next then Geri and Andy were joined by Emily for Pigmy Wall (S 3c), P2 of Rib and Face, Great Slab Arete and P1 of Great Slab.  Meanwhile Clay was determined on both pitches of the classic Great Slab, making a fine finish up the tough jamming crack of P2 with only minor blood loss.  George and James both followed with some amusing variations.

John and Fiona did a combination of Great Slab Arete and P2 of Rib and Face (a much better combination than the original route and more balance across the grade), then top-roped Crispy Crack.  Andy lent Fiona the crucial micro cams for Pygmy Wall.  George finished off with a lead of Great Slab Chimney, as did Tom Nicholson and Ali.

The whole team made it to The Clarence where we were joined by our esteemed Outdoor Meets Secretary, Dan O’Brien complete in paint splattered work trousers and playing the "look i’ve just been doing DIY card".  Who had actually nominated Alderman last week...?  Dan...?

Emily Thompson advised that a fell race was being held next week at Dovestones so the consensus was to try elsewhere: Crags on the table for next week Castle Naze. Angleszarke, Pule hill. Cows Mouth.

With the "hole in the ground with a swamp" only getting the one vote, we quickly moved to the three venues with the views, with Cows Mouth eventually winning by a good margin over Pule Hill.

Andy Stratford

Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley

Wed 26th Aug, 2015

Sunny, windy and often very dry crag!


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Members. Nils Elgar, Ding oi Koy Dave Wylie, Andy Stratford,.

Guests. Paul McCormack. Ryan Linfield, Paula Radtke, Emma Bird, Duncan Zerafa.

Pub only!!!: Dan O'Brien.

Great turnout tonight at a crag with one of the best outlooks in these parts. Windy enough to blow all the midges in the world away. Nils and Ding arrived early doors and made ascents of Pygmy wall and P1 of The Great Slab, in fact pretty much everyone ended up seconding P1 of Great Slab (4b) but no-one fancied the vicious upper crack - all tending instead to the excellent and pleasant P2 of Rib and face (4a). The Great Gatsby at VS 4c also proved popular. Andy led up Great Slab Right HVS 5a with a succession of seconds including Emma Bird on her first ever day outdoor climbing. Type 2 fun. Paul Mc was back on the rock after a nine year break, and Duncan appeared to run up every route he was pointed at. The entire team made it to the Clarence for the voting, joined by shirker Dan, claiming his foot was too poorly to handle a rock shoe. Ever heard of Elbsandstein Gebirge? No, I expect not. Neither had anyone except Paula as it is in her native Germany. It still got 3 votes and survived into round 2 as we lost Stanage on the first vote! (proposed by Aussie Ryan!) Eventually Wilton 1 won out over Heptonstall with the other contender, Crowden in 3rd. After voting we discovered that actually Elbsandstein Gebirge is not a crag but a National Park....lost in translation again......

So, with the nights drawing in, and the final month of the wednesday outdoor season approaching, get yourself down to Wilton next week for some steep, well protected quarried grit action.

 

 

Andy Stratford

Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley

Wed 19th Aug, 2015

Windy spot to keep the beasties away


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Wetter than a KMC member after the wild swim meet......rollover


Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley

Tue 22nd Apr, 2014

Lovely setting, superb view, breezy. 15 minute walk up hill.


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Members: Mark Ashley, Ding, Meirion Tanner


Alderman Rocks

Wed 17th Jul, 2013

Good quality rough grit in the Chew Valley with fine views.


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Members: Mark Ashley, Andy Stratford, Dave Wylie, Nick Adamson

Guests: Clare Hodgson, Helen Boothman, Geri Mihalkova, Michaela Schaller, Anna Reeves, Mike.

Great Slab, Great Slab Arete, Great Slab Right, Great Gatsby, Pygmy Wall, Crispy Crack, Rib and Face all got a good bit of traffic until the light faded on a gorgeous sunny summers evening with great views.

Midges were mostly succesfully repelled by a combination of potions and headnets - possibly a new look for KMC members.

Cows Mouth Quarry was the unanimous winner of the golden crag award.


Alderman rocks

Wed 27th Jul, 2011


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Members : John Cox, Mark Garrod, Andy Stratford, Dave Wylie, Mark Ashley, Koy Oi Ding, Carolyn Mills and Guests: Nick Adamson, Ozcan Yanik, Emma Collins

Great turnout on a lovely balmy summers evening especially considering the number of members at the Alps meet. Mark Garrod & Dave were the early starters with John making a surprise but most welcome appearance.

Quite a few routes solo'd by Carolyn, Nick, Ding, Mark G and Dave.

New man Ozcan continued his leading adventures with a solid effort on Great Slab Arrete (HVD) - a route also led by Dave, Mark Ash and Nick.

The two pitch Great Slab (VS 4c) saw leads from Andy and Carolyn but both were bitten by the pitch two fist crack. Nasty!

Pygmy wall (HS 4b) was led up by Mark Ash & Andy.

Carolyn led the way up the not-so-Crispy Crack but slightly-in-need-of-gardening crack (HVS 5a) followed by various others.

Andy led the delicate pebble gripping fest of Great Slab Right (HVS 4c) followed by several others.

Many other routes were climbed - far too many to record with us finally making 'The Clarence' at 10pm ish.

With five crags on the table the voting came down to Wilton 3 Vs Standing Stones and in the end it was John Cox's standing stones winning out the day.

Carolyn asked when he was last there and if it might be green: after a pause the reply..."...ohh, sometime in the 60's''...... accompanied by a sly grin!


Alderman Rocks

Wed 12th Jan, 2011


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Present: Gareth.

Several ascents and some scouting around.


Alderman Rocks

Wed 4th Aug, 2010


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Attendees: Dave Dillon, Mark Ashley, Keith McDonald.

Wavey Dave commented that "Alderman had lots of exiting and airy climbs". Mark provided the attendee list and reported that he'd managed to fall off one route (an HVS), so is this what was meant by "exiting"? Or was it perhaps "exciting"?


Alderman Rocks

Wed 22nd Jul, 2009


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Attendees: Kasia, Alex, Jane, Christine, Trish, Rachel, Al.

A good evening and a good crop of routes ranging from VDiff to VS. The strong wind at least dried the rock from the earlier rain, kept the dreaded midge at home and the odd shower towards the end of the evening quickly whizzed past. The evenings voting at the Clarence Hotel went to Yorkshire.


Alderman Rocks

Wed 24th Oct, 2007


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Four turned up for Alderman Rocks, a pleasant night's climbing.


Alderman Rocks

Wed 26th Jul, 2006


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A number of KMCers (nk) did a number of climbs (nc) made up of different numbers of pitches (np). The equipment used on each ascent included a number of ropes (nr) and items of gear (ng). Towards the end of the evening there were a number of midges (nm) in addition to some flying ants (na). At this point the climbers retreated to the Pub for a number of drinks (nd). Given that: nk ≈ 7 nc > 5 1 ≤ np ≤ 2 0 ≤ nr ≤ 2 ng ≥ 0 nm → ∞ na < nm calculate nd



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