Peak District Rock Climbing
Members present: Roger Dyke, Nils Elgar, Oi Ding Koy, David Rainsbury, Dave Shotton, Gowry Sisupalan, Dave Wylie.
Prospective Member: Brian Tarnowski
The original meet scheduled for Saturday 27 July was postponed a week due to some dreadful weather that has impacted the Great British summer. A good thing too as the actual meet took place in excellent conditions: bright, but with some cloud cover, the slightest of breezes and (best of all) no midges.
Climbing teams changed slightly during the day as individuals arrived and left. Routes ascended included:
- Trafalgar Wall (S 4b) – Nils led; Ding and Roger seconded.
- Barnacle Bulge (HS 4c) – David led. The initial crack proved too difficult so this was surmounted by using the groove to the left. Dave (W) seconded. He found both these options a bit tough for a first up climb and so effectively seconded Trafalgar Crack (VD 4a) instead;
- Stoker's Wall (Diff) – Dave (S) led; Ding seconded;
- Nautical Crack (V Diff) – (this was well worked over!) Ding led this after Dave (S) backed off and subsequently seconded. Brian led; Nils seconded. Gowry then led and Nils seconded (again). David led; Dave (W) seconded;
- Yo-Ho Crack (VDiff) – Dave (W) led; David seconded. Brian led; Gowry seconded;
- Rum Wall (V Diff) – Dave (S) led; Brian and Ding seconded;
- Sailor’s Problem (V Diff) – David led; Dave (W) seconded;
- Stoker’s Hole (VS 4b) – Nils led; Gowry and Roger seconded;
- Topsail (VS 4c) – Dave (S) led; Brian had a go but was stopped at the overhang. Ding completed;
- Sail Buttress (HS 4b) – Gowry led; Nils and Ding seconded;
- Porthole Direct (VS 4b) – Nils led; Ding and Gowry seconded;
- Emma’s Dilemma (S 4a) – David led; Dave (W) seconded;
- Emma’s Temptation (HVD 4c) – Dave (W) led; David seconded. Gowry led; Roger seconded.
The team were most impressed with Brian’s lead of Nautical Crack as a first lead – in hindsight not the best one to have suggested!
The surprisingly long day ended with some excellent refreshments at the Robin Hood Pub (thanks Roger).