Evening Meets at Bamford Edge


Wed 12th Jun, 2024

(No Reports)


Wed 19th Jul, 2023

Attendees: Jess Bailey, Sean Clancy, Ryan Gregory, Mich Harrison, Jess Pealing, Joe Mcardle, Fergal McCullough, Andy Stratford, Lewis Stonehouse. Special guest appearance: Dan O’Brian


A long a great sunny evening, blessed with a break in the rainy season, which we, for tradition, still call ‘Summer’.

Andy and me were first at arrive and started off with a lead for me on Bamford Wall (S 4a), followed by Andy, who then led Ryan, on his first ever UK single pitch, and then me on the Happy Wanderer (S4a). Ryan seemed to find the wander happy and was keen for more! He certainly had a value for money first gritstone experience by the end of the evening, ticking 6 quality routes.

Heading over to Wrinkled wall, we were joined by Lewis and Fergal. Lewis did a great job of following me very carefully on the delicate low traverse across Wrinkled Wall (VS 4c), while Ryan had a go at belaying Andy up Sinuous Crack (Vdiff) which both he and Fregal seconded. Having expired easy local options, we headed to Salmon slab. As we made our way over, Dan magically appeared, looking to give soloing a miss for the evening and tie onto a rope.

Dan made a beeline to Bilberry Crack, taking Andy and Rayan up afterwards. The rest of the party arrived in fine spirits for a good evening session. Lewis thought he’d give Hasta La Vista (HVD 3c) a go – despite the ‘not much gear’ description. Finding the description a little too accurate, he bailed part way. Fergal was keen to see what all the fun was about, but also decided to bail at about the same place as Lewis. It took Jess B to show everyone how it was done! Jess P followed her up, making team ‘double Jesspardy’ a winner! (Andy’s winning team name contribution). Feeling brave, I had a go at Quien Sabe? (VS 4c) taking the low crux of Brown’s Crack, then a second high crux, I regretted my decision as I realised I’d have to try hard. With Dan calling over useful baffle beating beta and Andy’s shouts of ‘reach and pull’ echoing in my ears, I eventually managed, with a few grunts, the pull over the bulge and top out. Having arrived quite late, Sean was keen to give it a go and in Dan A’s absence, Jess B felt she needed a challenge, so, after finishing bringing Jess P up Shallow Groove, (with her grunts of effort echoing up the groove) Jess also got a rope on it and made light work of it. Apparently not quite hard enough when you're usually following up after Dan A.

After having fun on Hasta La Vista, Fergal and Joe found more protectable climbing on Shallow Groove (S 4a) and Recess Crack (Vdiff)

Dan, Andy and Ryan had been having fun on Sandy Crack (HS 4b) and Curving Crack (VS 4c). Dan wanted to finish on Bamford Rib (HVS 5a) so off they went, while Sean shunted gear up Brown’s Crack, having left his useful larger cams on the ground. I seconded up and as dusk fell, we called it a fine evening and went to the pub.


Thanks all for a great evening!

Bamford Edge

Wed 20th Jul, 2022

(No Reports)

Bamford Edge

Wed 12th Jun, 2019

(No Reports)

Bamford Edge

Wed 4th Jul, 2018

Amazing views and far away from current moorland fires

Lee Bower (G), Adam (G), Jed Farmer (G), Matt (G), JP Tyrrell (G), Emily Pitts (M), Alex Black (G), Jack Buczko (M), Andy Pierce (M)

Jack and Jed both led Gargoyle Flake. Emily and Alex followed Jack. JP and Adam followed Jed. 

Terrace Trog led first by Adam followed up by Jed and JP. Then led by Emily followed up by Alex. 

Photographic evidence shows the outcome of Adam's argument with the large bear with sharp claws squeezed into the corner of Bilberry Crack (VS 5a) producing some interesting injuries on Adam's legs. Jed, Matt JP all followed up. Adam must have scared the bear away with all the gear he placed.

Matt led Recess Crack and Recess Groove, followed by Lee, Adam, Jed and JP. 

Andy Pierce soloed a whole load of routes including Gargoyle Flake! 

Next week...

Dove stone Edge 

Castle Naze as backup 

Helsby binned

Emily Pitts

Bamford Edge

Wed 21st Jun, 2017

Classic eastern grit and the longest day of the year

Mambers: James Hall, Duncan Zerafa

Guests: JIm Duthie.

June the 21st: Midsummer, Summer Solstice or St Johns Eve by whatever name is the longest day of the the year. Setting out with high hopes for a clear, sunny evening's climbing and a chance to see the sun set spectacularly over Ladybower.  The first heavy rain hit on the drive out from Manchester, maybe at Bamford it would be better.

One thing it was was hot, swelteringly so. The twenty minute uphill, circuitous walk to the edge in a warm breeze didn't help cool things down. 

James and Jim were the first KMC arrivals and James was making an excellent lead of Neb Butress HVS 5a***. A meandering and sustained route seconded well by Jim. Next it was Jim's turn to lead with a go at Twin Cracks VS 4b* . This turned into a much longer and protracted affair than initially envisioned. Looking to the horizon west past Win Hill the clouds darkened. Jim had a problem with the route crux later saying  "I felt I was missing a move somewhere and it was harder than Neb Butress." By the time Jim had set up the belay the weather had changed for the worst. Duncan climbed second as the heavens opened. As a  heavy rain shower poured down on Jim at the top, at the base of the crag climbers scuttled for cover. A cam that had walked was proving really difficult to retrieve on the wet rock. Expert help in the form of James was needed, who released the stuck gear and then managed to climb the wet route in sandals!

Once the rain passed the crag dried quickly in the heat. James was ready to lead Bamford Rib HVS 5a**. A bold route on the early section James quickly finished it. The route was seconded by Duncan his favourite route of the evening and also by Jim. After this Jim went up as a second  with some other local climbers on a route and Duncan lead the enjoyable Bamford Buttress S 4a* as a quick last climb with James. It was still a hot evening upon leaving and alas clouds shrouded the sun as it set. 

Next week Running Hill Pits.

Duncan Zerafa

Bamford Edge

Wed 25th Jun, 2014

Bring bivy and bbq kit to enjoy the shortest midweek night of the year.

Members: Dan O'Brien, Ding, Mark Ashley, Laura Collier, James Williams, Dave Wylie, Helen Boothman, Mark Pilling, Nils Elgar. Guests: Carrie Marr, Conrad Bower, Anna Fournier, Clare Hodgeson, Fruit and Andy(?) sorry didn't get a surname...

Midge Hell for the midsummer Wednesday!

A great turn-out and fantastic enthusiasm considering the number of glade-land filthies swarming around KMC-ers heads wrists and ankles though surprising few people were keen on the suggestion of and overnight bivvi... Loads of ascents including Gargoyle Flake, Neb Buttress, Bamford Wall, Bamford Rib and Browns Crack. After an hour of exsanguination the bulk of the party decided to retreat to the relative safety of the Yorkshire Bridge Inn whilst the hardier souls persevered, donning suitable PPE (midge nets, trousers tucked in socks and copious amounts of DEET) were last seen heading off in the direction of Wrinkled Wall.

In the pub, the candidates for next week were Tegs Nose, Rivelin Edge, Bridestones, Witches Quarry and Ramshaw. Tegs Nose, Rivelin and Bridestones fell at the first hurdle leaving an almost evenly divided vote until Nils jumped ship and swung it for Ramshaw - pack your tape, its Jamming time!

Conrad and I stayed in the pub until closing then headed up to the crag for a well deserved sleep. The midges had also retired for the night leaving us to enjoy a dram of old Scottish medicine before bed. The next morning dawned cool and dry and we bagged ascents of Bamford Wall and Bamford Rib before heading back to Manchester in time for work (and to escape the midges, who also rise early it appears...)


Bamford Edge

Wed 25th Jun, 2008

James, Kasia, Trish, Mike, Andy, Richard, Bob, Charles, Sean, Al. Beautiful evenings climbing on the edge. Some of the grades on Gun buttress were a little perplexing and there was a slow drift to the more popular areas. As it was one of the longest evenings of the summer we sent Richard to the pub to get a round in before closing time, however this plan failed due to the lack of dosh so when the rest of the team arrived at 11:20 the vote for next week's crag was a bit subdued or it may simply have been past everyone's bedtime.

Bamford Edge

Wed 11th Apr, 2007

A fantastic evening at Bamford Edge.

Trish, Keen Richard and James were there enjoying the evening sun.

Back to Current !!!!

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Outdoor Climbing Venues Used:

Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley (17)
Aldery Cliff (3)
Anglezarke Quarry (16)
Ashworth Moor Quarry (1)
Bamford Edge (9)
Beeston Tor (1)
Blackstone Edge (5)
Bridestones (West Yorkshire) (1)
Broadbottom Quarry (2)
Brownstones (3)
Cadshaw Rocks (6)
Castle Naze (22)
Coire an t'Sneachda (1)
Cow's Mouth Quarry, Littleborough (15)
Deeply Vale (3)
Den Lane, Uppermill (13)
Denham Quarry (8)
Dovestones Edge, Chew Valley (17)
Dovestones Lower Left Quarry (1)
Egerton Quarry (4)
Froggatt Edge (2)
Harpur Hill Quarry (12)
Helsby (14)
Hen Cloud (2)
Heptonstall (7)
Hobson Moor Quarry (44)
Hollywood Park Boulder (2)
Horseshoe Quarry (5)
John Wayne Memorial Crag (1)
Kinder Downfall (2)
Lester Mill Quarry (2)
Longford Park Boulder (3)
Millstone Edge (7)
Misty Wall, Kinder Northern Edge (1)
Moving Buttress, Cheedale (1)
New Mills Torrs (12)
Pex Hill (5)
Pot Hole Quarry (2)
Pots and Pans Quarries (2)
Pule Hill, Marsden (16)
Ramshaw Rocks (8)
Ravensdale (1)
Ravenstones - Chew Valley (1)
Reddyshore Scout (2)
Roaches Lower Tier (1)
Roaches Upper Tier (6)
Robs Rocks - Chew Valley (9)
Rough Knarr (1)
Running Hill Pits, Saddleworth (18)
Shining Clough Rocks (6)
Staden Quarry (6)
Stanage North (2)
Stanage Plantation (1)
Stanage Popular End (3)
Standing Stones - Chew Valley (7)
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 (31)
Victoria Park Boulder, Stretford (2)
Warton in Silverdale (3)
Wharncliffe Crags (1)
Wilton 1 (19)
Wilton 3 (9)
Wimberry Rocks (9)
Windgather (23)
Winnats Pass (1)
Witches Quarry (18)
Woodhouse Scar (2)
Wormstones (1)
Yellowslacks (3)

Climbing Walls Used:

Manchester Climbing Centre (118)
Marple Rope Race (3)
Rock Over Climbing (6)
Stockport Awesome Walls (180)
The Depot: Manchester (70)
Warrington North Face (3)

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