Next Evening Meet:
Wed 26th Jun, 2019
All welcome. Evening meets start around 6pm. Please bring midge repellant/net and suntan cream. Manchester sunset is approximately 21:44, twilight to around 22:38. Please keep an eye on Scribble for wet weather options.
"Witches' Quarry, on the slopes of Pendle Hill, is a limestone outcrop with an improbable number of quality lines for a minor crag. The local folklore surrounding witches and witchcraft lends itself to some of the colourfully named routes. There is also a non-existent walk-in that allows you park at the foot of the crag – get there early if the weather is fine! With hidden spike belays, glorious sunsets and nice local pubs for the cool-down, you definitely get the sense there is something magical about the place."
Wed 19th Jun, 2019
Wed 12th Jun, 2019
Wed 5th Jun, 2019
Wed 29th May, 2019
More rain; sad times. Some members and propectives went to MCC and enjoyed a nice evening on the well set plastic routes. Wimberry however, must wait for next year...Jared Kitchen
Wed 22nd May, 2019
Members: Dan O’Brien, Tim Howarth, Koy Oi Ding, Mark Ashley
Guests: Fergal McCullough, John Smallwood, Mark Rothwell
Lancashire was sunny but cool and the KMC made the most of these fairly optimal conditions. A stack of routes were climbed across the whole crag.
Dan, followed by Tim and Fergal, climbed Column Climb (S), Overhanging Crack (VD), Druid’s Corner (VD) and The Slab (VD) after Tim aborted due to the lack of gear and slopey holds. Dan also didn’t find any gear but was happier to run it out – VD felt harsh. Tim Led Column Climb (D) which was different in character from most of the other routes in that it had both gear and holds. Dan and Fergal followed.
Mark and John climbed Druid’s corner, Overhanging Crack, Split Block Crack (HS) and The Mantleshelf (S). The latter was described on UKC as "a little on the delicate side, so take care or better still pick another route” which seems a little mean as the main problem seemed to be John retrieving a well stuck wire whilst following!
Mark and Ding climbed Corner Chimney (D), Overhanging Crack, Oak Tree Chimney (VD) and “something else down the far end of the crag that I didn’t write down and forgot to ask about… Sorry.
As the midges descended we decamped to a local drinking establishment for a debrief before heading for home. A lovely evening.Daniel O'Brien
Wed 15th May, 2019
Members: Clay Conlon, Jack Buczo, Gowry Sisupalan, Steve Graham, Chris Kastavaunis, Emily Pitts, Dave Wiley, Tim Howarth, Laura Bond, Emily Thompson, Andy Pierce, Helen Boothman, Adam McCudden, Jared Kitchen.
Guests: Paul Lonsdale, Carla Wrigley, Fergal McCullough, Tor Pitts, Greg Nunn.
A lovely dry and warm evening brought 19 attendess to Castle Naze. It was impossible to keep track of the everyones sends, but the Castle Naze classics were all climbed many times over. Everyone was in good spirits and had a great evening. Perfect. See you all next time.Jared Kitchen
Wed 8th May, 2019
Wed 1st May, 2019
Members: Jared Kitchen, Andy Stratford, Andy Vine, Jack Buczo, Mark Ashley
A dry albeit windy evening at Pule Hill was had by 5 hardy KMCers who climbed several of the classic routes. First to arrive was Jared (who only lives down the hill) who traversed the quarry wall while the others approached the crag. Andy V arrived first and suggested Delilah, a thrutchy E1 in the quarry; as long as he didn’t lead it! Steeping up, Jared immediately got stuck in the narrow chimney. Removing his helmet meant some gear could be placed overhead, but his largest cam was too small for the crack! It his jam, Jared reflected on his options, then wriggled back down and set off on Mega factor (HVS 5a), a pretty good route on Leprosy wall, just as Andy S arrived. Everyone followed up. Nice warmup!
Mark and Jack had arrived on the decent. Unfortunately, Mark had left his gear at home and promptly set off to solo all the easier mods and diffs on the cliff. Andy S and Jack teamed up and set off the opposite direction to the Sentinel buttress. Jared and Andy V liked the idea and followed.
At the sentinel Andy V coolly led up ‘No Treaverse’ (VS 4c) then Jared casually led ‘Traverse Not’ (VS 5a). Andy S vocally led ‘Bed End’ – ‘allegedly an HVD, however, it traversed some tricky terrain including a wild step over a void at the end.’ Andy then attempted ‘Traverse Not’ (VS 4c) on the same Buttress but backed off and went down to Flying Buttress and did the direct finish at HS 4b.
Jared and Andy V had headed back to the quarry where Andy V led ‘Annual Route’ (HS 4b). They then drove down the pub to meet Emily T and get some dinner (Or Tea for speakers of ‘Northern English’), and were eating before dark. A hour or so later the others arrived, and the evening was wound down over a pint, some left over chips and a packet of crisps and a chat. A nice end to lovely evening.
Next week it’s the brilliant Troy Quarry. See you all there!Jared Kitchen
Wed 24th Apr, 2019
I set out for Windgather about 4pm, hoping for an erronous forcast. However, on arrival at New Mills about 5 I met a trmendous thunder storm! Shortly after Adam McCudden messaged to say he had been rained off the crag. The evening was a wash out. KMC 3. British weather 1. Next week we're at the amazing Pule hill! See you all there.Jared Kitchen
Wed 17th Apr, 2019
Members: Clay Conlon, Jack Buzcko, Jim Symon, Emily Pitts, Paul Evans, Jared kitchen, Adam McCudden, Jed Farmer
Guests: Josh Birchall, John Smallwood, Carla Wrigley, Liam Brady, Mark Rothwell, Luke Weaver
Sunshine!!!! Finally some warm climbing after a FREEZING weekend out on rock and members welcomed newcomers to a super duper popular meet with 15 of us enjoying a great evening under the yellow lamp, the sun.
Jed and Adam basically found the most disgusting routes they could, including Unnatural Act, stated as VS, but evidently HVX with little gear and loose stones to at least half way up. The route’s popularity is clear from the UKC entries - it’s in a grand total of 1 person’s log book. 85,000 Members of the the BMC, tens of thousands of registered members on UK. One ascent recorded. Says it all. After this, they decided on something more civilised - Original Route VDiff and then Cracked Corner HS 4b.
Paul, Liam and Jim climbed The Price of Admission and This is not Cheedale.
Adam and Jed put up a rope on Revenge of the Grit Bolting Antichrist. Various of us made our way to varying degrees of success.
Jared started off on Alcove Crack (HVS) followed up by John and Me. He then led Foundling (VS 4c) with Carla and John. Luke led the Mather Crack (E2 5b), but he reckons it should be downgraded to a Mod!? Jared then went on the lead on Electric Circus. Again, Luke downgraded it from E3 5C to VDiff! Next time, I think Luke needs to carry a member on his back to slow him down.
Mark led Piggy’s Crack (VS 4C) followed by Carla then some other routes, but I didn’t manage to get which ones before he left.
Meirion led a mixup of Original Route and Cracked Corner (I think!) followed by Carla and Josh.
Emily led up the same chossy corner that Mark led, which the guidebook said was a VS and was clearly a decent route! Dirty and grim.
The light faded and people drifted away with only the hardcore (John, Luke, Emily, Adam and Jared) staying to the sweet end - a pint in the pub courtesy of Jared.
It was great to welcome newcomers and to hang out at this fab crag. Can’t wait for next week. If you’re a newcomer and fancy joining us, next week is Windgather - friendly and fun.
Wed 10th Apr, 2019
Members: Jared Kitchen, Dan O'Brien, Mark Ashley, Emily Thompson, Helen Boothman, Tim Howarth, Jack Bukzo, Oi Ding koy
Guests: Josh Birchall, Camilla Mapstone, Carla Wrigley, Inan Middlehurst, Mark Rothwell, Fergus McCullough, John Smallwood
What an awesome evening! Great weather, great company and great climbing. 15 climbers came out to visit Brownstones, and before long a mountain of bouldering mats protected a lengthy section of crag! I dont think anyone looked through the guidebooks. We just climbed freely til around 8pm, then headed to the Wilton Arms for a pint and some dinner, and chatted while the sun set. Great evening, and great that so many people turn out! I'll see you all next time...Jared Kitchen
Wed 3rd Apr, 2019
Members: Emily Pitts, Michelle Mudhar, Dave Dillon, Dan O’Brien, Jim Symon, Clay Conlon, Gareth Williams (cameo), Meirion Tanner (cameo)
Guests: Fergus McCullough, Girish Ramesh,
The Glossop Massive in the form of Williams (Gareth) and Tanner (Meirion) made cameo appearances, a couple of hours apart, the former arriving just as the sleet and snow hit, the latter, as climbing wrapped up and the sun went down. Four seasons in one hour didn’t stop the rest of the motley crew from climbing, albeit with a hiatus as the heavens opened shortly after arrival. Jim and Clay managed to whip up The Harp, then onto Crew’s Route after the Squall.
Dan, Girish, Fergus and I variously pootled around the right hand side of the traverse, trying out some fun moves and generally enjoying the company alongside the climbing.
Meanwhile, Michelle and Dave created a handsome setup for Michelle to test out in her bid to get fit for the Old Man of Hoy, which she is aiming to climb in 2020. Check out https://www.routetothesky.co.uk if you want to find out more about the curious setup and Michelle’s ambitious adventure.
A great start to the 2019 outdoor meets calendar.
Wed 27th Mar, 2019
Wed 20th Mar, 2019
Wed 13th Mar, 2019
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"I accept that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a risk of personal injury or death. I am aware of and shall accept these risks and wish to participate in these activities voluntarily and shall be responsible for my own actions and involvement."
More Evening Meets:
During the spring and summer months evening meets are held outdoors at local crags, usually on Wednesdays, weather permitting. Keep an eye on the scribbles for the latest information. Indoor climbing wall meets start again in the autumn.
Some lucky people may be able to get out climbing nice and early, but this will vary depending on work hours and the traveling distance. Generally you should find KMC climbers at the crag by 6pm and some might still be there after its gone dark.
Outdoor Climbing Venues Used:Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley (14)
Aldery Cliff (3)
Anglezarke Quarry (14)
Ashworth Moor Quarry (1)
Bamford Edge (6)
Beeston Tor (1)
Blackstone Edge (5)
Bridestones (West Yorkshire) (1)
Broadbottom Quarry (2)
Cadshaw Rocks (6)
Castle Naze (18)
Coire an t'Sneachda (1)
Cow's Mouth Quarry, Littleborough (13)
Deeply Vale (3)
Den Lane, Uppermill (12)
Denham Quarry (8)
Dovestones Edge, Chew Valley (13)
Dovestones Lower Left Quarry (1)
Egerton Quarry (4)
Froggatt Edge (2)
Harpur Hill Quarry (10)
Hen Cloud (2)
Hobson Moor Quarry (41)
Hollywood Park Boulder (2)
Horseshoe Quarry (4)
John Wayne Memorial Crag (1)
Kinder Downfall (2)
Lester Mill Quarry (2)
Longford Park Boulder (3)
Millstone Edge (4)
Misty Wall, Kinder Northern Edge (1)
Moving Buttress, Cheedale (1)
New Mills Torrs (10)
Pex Hill (5)
Pot Hole Quarry (2)
Pots and Pans Quarries (2)
Pule Hill, Marsden (14)
Ramshaw Rocks (8)
Ravenstones - Chew Valley (1)
Reddyshore Scout (2)
Roaches Upper Tier (4)
Robs Rocks - Chew Valley (5)
Rough Knarr (1)
Running Hill Pits, Saddleworth (16)
Shining Clough Rocks (4)
Staden Quarry (6)
Stanage Plantation (1)
Stanage Popular End (1)
Standing Stones - Chew Valley (6)
Stoney Middleton (1)
Summit Quarry (2)
Swinton Boulders (1)
Tegg's Nose (2)
The Pump House (1)
Thors Cave (1)
Tintwistle Knarr (2)
Tissington Spires in Dovedale (1)
Tonacliffe Quarry (2)
Troy Quarry (27)
Victoria Park Boulder, Stretford (2)
Warton in Silverdale (3)
Wharncliffe Crags (1)
Wilton 1 (17)
Wilton 3 (9)
Wimberry Rocks (7)
Winnats Pass (1)
Witches Quarry (16)
Woodhouse Scar (2)
Climbing Walls Used:Manchester Climbing Centre (108)
Marple Rope Race (1)
Rock Over Climbing (6)
Stockport Awesome Walls (110)
The Depot: Manchester (12)
Warrington North Face (3)
Other Evening Meets (9)
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