Absolute classic, you lucky people...
Ultra classic natural grit with historic routes
Members: Dave Wylie, Andy Stratford, Clay Conlon, James Hall, Duncan Zerafa, James Meakin, Nils Elgar
Guests: James Duthie, Chris Kastavunis, Jack Buczko, Hannah and Tim Elgar
Another good Wednesday turnout at the Naze. The forecast promised sun and wind but the crag was sheltered and the outlook cloudy with rain threatening but never appearing. A chill descended and the wee beasties stayed away. The KMC team had a super busy evening with successful leads of The Niche (S 4a), Studio (HS 4a) , Pilgrims Progress (HS 4b) , Keep Buttress (HVS 5a), Scoop Face (HVS 5a), The Crack (VS 4b), Nozag (VS 4c), Long Climb (V diff) and Atropine (HS 4b). Final route of the evening was Flake Crack (HS 4b) which Duncan ascended in fading light - Jack was the lucky second, by now well practised at extracting Duncans nuts from the gloomy cracks after previous performances by headtorch at two other crags had led to headtorch abseil retrieval. A special mention goes to young Hannah Elgar who followed her dad up both VS’s with utter surety.
Eight made the excellent Beehive in Coombs where the honeyed tones of Dave Wylie cast the Pule Hill spell over Running Hill Pits and Alderman Rocks.
Prepare for a border raid next week – Yorkshire it is!
Breezy edge 2 minutes walk with great routes for all
Castle Naze meet report 24th August
Members: Nils Elgar, Dave Wylie, Andy Stratford, James Meakin, George Williams, James Hall, Emily Pitts, Duncan Zerafa, Geri Milhalkova, Gary Thornhill, Jared Kitchen
Guests: Jasmine Pitts, Beth Thomas, Jim Smith, James Duthie, Hannah Milton, Nick Peristiansis, Don Brennan, Patti
Nineteen members and guests on a beautiful summers evening at ‘The Naze’, with some impressive ascents tonight: After soloing ten routes as a warm up then around half the girdle traverse, James Hall made a fine clean ascent of Belladonna E1 5c – an under-rated but excellent route. Andy struggled up with a tight rope and a short rest!
First to arrive though was Dave Wylie, leading Don up Central Tower (VDiff) and Keep Corner (HVD). James Meakin put the demons to bed with his lead of Keep Corner in fine style– the route from which he took a ground fall and some serious injuries just 18 months ago when gear ripped through. Nils was holding the ropes then went on to lead up The Crack (VS 4b) the Nithin (S4a) both followed by James.
Nozag (VS 4c) – one of the best (and safest) VS’s in the peak - had leads from Duncan Zerafa who is going great guns in his first season leading trad. Andy also led. Seconds included Dave, Geri, James Hall, and Gary. Duncan also led Little Pillar at HS 4b.
The Crack (VS 4b) was popular tonight with Nils leading up with an impressive second by Jasmine Pitts. James and Emily also followed. James Duthie was followed up later by James Hall.
Geri continued to hone leading skills on sheltered crack (S 4a), also lead by James M. Beth and Jim climbed Atropine (VS 4b) and Ledgeway (HVS 5a), Nick followed Pati up green crack. Don provided great entertainment attempting to follow Jared up Scoop Face and enjoyed himself so much he had no strength left for anything else! Hannah led Keep Corner and Green crack with James Duthie following on. Jared led Icebreaker (E2 5b) which was ‘’rubbish’’ then burnt himself out on the criminally undergraded pod crack E1 5c which stops most E4 leaders in their tracks.
The final entertainment of the night was provided by gear recovery specialist Wylie, attempting to remove an overcammed unit on Studio – unusually the attempt ended in failure – not often that Dave fails to retrieve stuck gear! Looks like it may be the latest bit of decoration on the Naze for some time......
We retied to the Beehive for a dose of honey (well – pork scratchings and bitter shandy, if you must ask) and voted on New Mills Tor, Tintwistle Knarr and the winner – Den Lane, Saddleworth. Bring your tricams.....
Rollover from last week
Members: Clay Conlon, James Williams, Robert Clark, Andy Stratford, Stevie Graham, Oi Ding Koy, Kathy Gordon
Guests: Nick Simpson, Elliya, Steve Hill, Rob Mills
Another bright sunny evening at Castle Naze with a great turnout. The Flywalk, The Niche, Studio, Pilgrims Progress, Keep Buttress, Keep Corner, Nozag, Zig Zag Crack and Long Climb were all ascended some several times amd others I've undoubtedly missed. Rob Mills was back leading after a seven year kiddie break.....Ellie learnt how to Jam. A bit. There was pain.....
Only five of us made to the Beehive which, for those of a gourmet disposition, sell a particular brand of Pork scratchings flavoured with Black Pudding. Ellie was persuaded to try them and declared them much nicer than Spanish ones!
Several crags were discussed including Staden Quarry, Horsesh......oe and Harper Hill. Eventually Roaches Skyline, Roaches Upper and Helsby made the list with Roaches Upper hitting the spot. Meet under the sloth............ROGER!
2 minute walk in, often windy to keep the beasties away
Maybe just a quiet evening? I was at castle naze from about 5:30 until about 7:45, but no one else turned up.
It was quite pleasant weather, only a bit breezy at the top of the crag. I soloed 6 or 7 of the easier routes and then as no one else was there I decided to head home.
May try again next Wednesday.
I'm taking the may try again next wednesday as the cue for a Castle Naze rollover!
“Take me in and dry the rain…” – The Beta Band
Members: Dan O'Brien, Andy Stratford, Simon Robertshaw.
Guests: Bron Edwards.
I discovered whilst surfing the web for inspirational photos of Castle Naze that the name of the crag comes from the remains of the Iron Age hill fort that are behind the crag on the top of the hill. Logical really as the hilltop has a commanding view of the surrounding country - those early defenders would have had no problem spotting our approach from Chapel-en-le-frith.
It looked like it was going to be a wash out but the faithful arrived at the crag to be treated to clearing clouds and a stiff breeze that dried the rock quickly.
Climbing as a four, swift ascents of Nozag and Scoop face (with a special mention for Simon the human pendulum). We then split into pairs where Bron and Simon climbed The Niche, a pumpy 2-star severe. Bron said she'd never had such tired arms whilst climbing - obviously she's never been to Broughton!
Andy and I climbed Flywalk (without bridging this gets VS and Andy climbed with impeccable discipline to resist the tempting bridging rests as he battled with the steep crux). We finished the evening with The Fifth Horseman, an HVS which takes an eliminate line on the left-hand side of the crag involving some pebble pulling and low runners. Looking at the guidebook I'm struggling to separate the HVS from the adjacent E2. Perhaps Rockfax should split the difference and call it E1...
With only four of us in the pub and three nominations (Wilton 1, Hen Cloud and Helsby) only one round of voting was required to get us heading off to Runcorn next Wednesday for some sandstone action.
Excellent natural grit venue 2 minute walk in. Low to mid grade classics
Members: James Williams, Andy Stratford, Mark Ashley, Mark Pilling, Laura Collier, Emily Pitts Guests: Anna Reeves, Stuart Hurworth, Chris Morrow, Jasmine Pitts, Mike
A midge free zone at Castle Naze tonight with a fine selection of leads on Scoop Face(HVS 5a), Niche Arete (VS 5a), The Crack (VS 4b), Nozag (VS 4a), Zig Zag Crack (HS 4b), Atropine (VS 4b) and various others.
Trickiest moves of the night for all were exiting via the field of fierce beasts with horns that had appeared blocking the walk back to the cars......
Apart from the lone Wolf Rocks all the suggestions were Chew Valley venues so it's back up north for Rob's Rocks next week.
Try and arrive as early as poss as it's a 40 minute walk in and it's pretty dark by 8.30pm next week!!Don't forget the 60p parking at the resevoir and remember your headtorch for the walk out...
Rolled over from last week
Tanning on the crag: Al, Christine, Roger, Ozcan, Philip, Gareth, Polly, Steve, Andy, Dave.
Non-stop assaults on the crag, with Christine and Roger warming up on Stanage. Alpine fit teams returning and setting off.
Voting in the Beehive with vote rigging almost forcing the coin.
A damp evening and low attendance means we have rolled this over to Wed 8th August
On the Naze: Gareth, Mark, James, Al, Trish
What a fabulous sunny evening, rock perfect, almost followed Gareth bare footed up Scoop Face.
Attendees: Chris Williams, Bob Kelly, Josh Dynevor, Carolyn Mills, Koy oi Ding, Gareth Williams, Andy Grantham, Al Metelko, Mark Ashley.
A bad choice of car sharing hub ensured total confusion when a convoy of 5 cars hit the rush hour traffic on the A34, which was lucky for the mobile phone companies! The crag was warmer than expected as it was sheltered from the NE wind and the rock was in as perfect condition as it will ever be on a sunny evening.
Attendees: Dave Dillon, Chris Williams, Jo and Mark Furniss, Kate Emeny, Pete Blacow.
A glorious evening was had by all, stunning views as the sun was setting across the Peaks, a moderate breeze to keep the migies away and an hour wiled away in the Beehive at Coombs. In between we jammed our way up a good collection of cracks and have the scars to show for it!! After short deliberations and a casting vote from Mark, Tory Quarry was chosen, unbeknown to us (none of us where there last time) for the third time this year! It must be a great crag!!!
Bob, Charles, Trish, Andy and Al. The whole crag was sheltered from the strong easterly wind and the occasional slight drizzle never made the rock wet or damp. Lots of routes (VDiff to VS) climbed, ending in the gloom to just before 10pm. Bob gets his wings for a 12 footer beating Andy by 10ft. In the pub it was straight vote between Limestone and Grit with the latter winning to 2 palms up to 1 palm down.
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Attendees: Roger Daley, Keen Richard, Wavey, Trish and James. Another beautiful spring evening saw a large number of ascents of the classics at Castle Naze.