Outdoor Midweek Meets at Pule Hill, Marsden

Pule Hill, Marsden

Wed 10th May, 2017

Hillside natural grit with excellent sunset potential...


Members: Dave Wylie, Elliot brown, Clay Conlon, Ding, Andy Stratford, Jared Kitchen, Emily Thompson, Duncan Zerafa. Cathy Gordon

Guests: Chris Kastavunis, Jack Buczko, John Smallwood, Patti xarilia. George Babbington, Amy Spray, Tom Ferneyhough. Beth Thomas,

A lovely sunny evening, too warm for the midges at first but they only seemed half bothered when they did finally come. We were treated to a golden sunset and simultaneous full moon rise at what has to be one of the Clubs favourite Wednesday evening venues.

Over in the quarry Elliot and Jared had fine leads of the Great Scoop (VS 5a) with Jared going on to lead Illiad (HVS) and Megatron (E1). Elliot was also busy on the main edge leading Square Buttress (VS 4c) and Hangover Edge (HS 4b). He omitted to mention the guidebook Beta on Square Buttress to an increasingly puzzled Clay....

Flying Buttress (HS 4b) was (as ever) the most popular route of the evening; first from Andy who led the beautifully exposed variation traverse. Clay, Elliot, Cathy and Duncan all led the original finish with Duncan having the first of his attempts to emulate Pattis flexibility with some amusing ‘’leg-over’’ moments. Patti approved of Andy’s recommendation of ‘friendly overhang (MVS 4b)’’ and once again Duncan stretched the-parts-that-will- be-sore tomorrow.  Wrinkled wall was as poorly protected as ever for Patti, who this time wasn’t quite as appreciative of Mr Presidents enthusiasm. Has Been (V Diff) had leads from Dave and Cathy, Ladder Ridge (Diff) was led by Emily on her 3 rd ever outdoor lead. Kletterschue capers had attention from Beth then Jack. Dave did Bed End and Duncan stretched out once again on Flying Arete.

There were, of course, far too many seconds of routes to record, but a special welcome goes to newcomers Amy Spray, Tom Ferneyhough and George Babbington.

At the Carriage House there were proposals for Ramshaw Rocks which exited first then a fairly close second was Running Hill Pits, but the winner was the perhaps less visited Denham up near Chorley – a great quarry with some classic Lancashire grit routes.

Andy Stratford

Pule Hill, Marsden

Wed 15th Jun, 2016

Roll-over from 8th June. Great views, sunsets and classic rough moorland gritstone


Just me and Duncan at pule hill last night. Did 2 routes (amen and skull climb) a bit wet, green and slimy but good practice?!

After a bit of debate we settled on Dovestones Edge for next week. Let's hope for better weather!

Wednesday scribble

Clay Conlon

Pule Hill, Marsden

Wed 10th Jun, 2015


Members - Dan O'Brien, Andy Stratford, Jim Symon, Dave Wylie, Mark Ashley, Ian Crook, Al Metelko, Stevie Graham.

Guests – Steve Hill, Emily Hulley, Fabian Hulley, Gemma Sutherington, Bennett Leather.

Summer is officially here.  Now just hope that the midges don’t notice.  Based on the ASWLRF* from last week that said it would be sunny and still, the usually breezy hilltop venue of Pule Hill near Marsden in West Yorkshire was the venue of choice for this weeks KMC Wednesday adventures.  It is a combination of crumbly quarried gritstone and natural moorland outcrops a short blast up an incline from the cars.  With blue skies, warm temperatures and a pleasant light breeze, some KMC-ers wondered aloud if the best course of action would be to head straight to the pub to take advantage of the beer garden.  Good sense won out however so, as usual, climbing came first.

Dan climbed Flying Buttress (HS) with Steve and Dave (who arrived early for a 7-mile hike before climbing). Jim and Stevie also led Flying Buttress followed by Andy and Gemma respectively.  Guest Bennett followed Jim and Andy up Amen (VDiff), a very steep corner that would probably get Severe at Stanage.  Stevie and Gemma enjoyed Amen, Route 2 (VS) and Wrinkled Wall (HS) - another bold little number, also climbed by Andy and Jim.  Al bouldered and solo’d around the crag while Dan and Mark climbed Amen.

Jim, Andy and Bennett had an extremely productive evening, also ticking off Overhanging Arête (HVD), Coffin Corner (VDiff) Whale Meet Again at an improbable grade of VDiff 4c.  Steve also led Coffin Corner and Crude Crack (VDiff) and followed Dave on Whackers Wall (Diff) and Blind Buttress (HS).

Ian and Fabian (who at 35 and 4-months respectively are at the younger end of the KMC age spectrum) arrived and proceeded to offer helpful advice to Dan and Mark from the ground as they climbed Coffin Corner and Kletterschuhe Capers (S).  Ian claimed to be able to recognise Dan’s climbing style from the roadside – though apparently this shouldn’t be taken as a compliment…  Dan also backed off The Great Scoop (VS) which with crumbly holds and gathering midges was a less than enticing prospect – the pub was calling…

Emily joined us at the crag following a bike ride and as she approached, found a car-key lying on a tuft of grass on the hillside.  No-one recognised them and they were left on a rock at the bottom of the crag.   As the the dusk drew in and the midges started to descend, the team decamped to the pub for voting.  Dave and Steve, last to leave the crag, met Bennett wandering back up the hill to find his lost car keys – a very lucky escape there!

In the pub, the nominations were Millstone Buttress (not to be confused with Millstone Edge), Ramshaw Rocks, Shipley Glen and Standing Stones.  The inevitable electoral complexities ensued with a 3-way tie in the second round resulting in a confusing round of secondary negative voting which confused your correspondent to such an extent that he accidentally voted out the crag he wanted to go to – I blame exhaustion.  The end result was a narrow victory for Standing Stones.

A very productive evening – looking forwards to next week!


*Andy Stratford Weather Long Range Forecast

Daniel O'Brien

Pule Hill, Marsden

Wed 14th May, 2014



A lovely summers evening - enough wind to keep the beasties at bay, but a great sunset and moonrise. At least twenty tonight at this gem of a crag.

Members: Dave Wylie, Stuart Hurworth, Andy Stratford, Dan O'Brien, Mark Ashley, Koy Oi Ding, Nick Adamson, Ian Crook, Christine Beeston, Al Metelko, Steve Graham, James Williams, Helen Boothman.

Guests: Anna Reeves, Mirella De Jonge, Dan Metcalfe, Nils Elgar, Gemma Porter, Hannah, Mark and at least one other whose name escaped me.

Loads of routes done on virtually all the buttresses and a stint in the quarries as well.

Ten made it to the pub - four crags up for the vote tonight: Den Lane and Earl Sterndale were eliminated and it was even stevens for Dovestones Edge and Troy Quarry. Heads was the call for troy but Dovestones it was on tails. The double sided coin came in handy.

See you all next week!

Pule Hill, Marsden

Wed 7th May, 2014

Natural Buttresses, Quarry, Great views, Sunset, 5 minute walk in.



Rollover to next week.

Pule Hill

Wed 13th Apr, 2011


There in body: Dave Wylie, Dave Dillon, Andy Stratford, Gareth Williams.

No midges. No Sun. Moon showed up. Wind chill. Interesting Yorkshire grades. Aid route. Head torches. Numb bits. Large baby bouncer. Pub by crest of the hill.

Pule Hill

Wed 25th Aug, 2010


A record Wednesday night attendance for 2010 including 4 Daves(!) with Al Metelko, Andy Stratford, Gareth Williams, Wavey Davey, Dave Garland, Dave Shotton, Dave Bertalot, Carolyn Mills, Katherine Bagshaw, Kate Harvey, Mark Ashley, Nick Adamson.

All making it to the pub plus a couple of others who didn't. After being nearly eaten alive at a midgey Wilton One last week the voting was focused around getting to a crag that more or less was guarenteed "to have lots of wind". So Pule Hill was very still, very warm and very midgey last night! Routes climbed included on The Sentinal included Bed End (VD), The Peeler (S 4a), Traverse Not (HS 4c), No Exit (VS 4c). Routes on Flying Buttress included Minotaur (HVS 5a), and Flying Buttress (S 4a).

There were lots of others. Most agreed that the routes were typically Yorkshire in their undergrading and often thuggy! Midgeyness was once again a deciding factor in the convoluted voting and on the basis that limestone gets less beasties and we have only done one place with sport routes on a Wednesday this year, Harpur Hill Quarry was eventually settled on. NB according to those in the know HH does have a few excellent trad routes. A good session both on the grit and in the pub and a warm welcome to the newer faces.

Pule Hill

Wed 18th Apr, 2007


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A fine, but breezy (particularly at the top of the crag, where it got quite chilly!) evening. Keen Richard, Gordon, Wavey Dave, Roger, Midge, Joanne, Loretta, James and Dave W. all turned out and plenty of routes were climbed - including "Amen", "Flying Buttress", "Coffin Corner", "Blind Buttress", "Overhanging Arête", etc., etc. The usual discussion at the Pub (the "Great Western") about the next venue was interrupted when a random stranger's car wouldn't start. The Landlord thought that the tough climbing types would be strong enough to push start it... Fortunately this theory didn't need to be put to the test, as one of the KMC team saved the day with a set of jump-leads.

Pule Hill

Wed 5th Jul, 2006


At least two Johns, two Daves, a Trish, a Roger, a Mark and a Jamie turned up. The two guys from the Rucksack Club were not there for the KMC meet, so they dind't count. Neither did the minibus load of kids, nor any of the other random people who were passing. The ominous thunder over to the West also failed to get a meet tick as it stayed dry at the crag all evening.

Pule Hill

Wed 13th Jul, 2005


It was third time lucky for meeting at this crag, as the previous two Wednesday evenings were too wet for climbing. Bonus marks go to Dave Dillon and Trish Cranston a fortnight ago, as they turned up in the mist and drizzle (but these marks were then forfeited as they didn't climb, but just went to the pub!). This time round, the conditions were very pleasant. Not as hot as the previous couple of days, with a good breeze to keep the midges at bay. However, this same breeze actually attracted some larger flying entities: namely half a dozen paragliders, who seemed to be having a great time floating around above us as we climbed! There was quite a good turn out, with ten people turning up from the KMC: Al Metelko, Scott Sadler, Mark Ashley, Dave Wylie, Trish Cranston, Karen Kennedy, Roger Daley, Lucy Bell, Jamie Findlow and John Cox. There were at least two other climbers (not associated with the KMC) out enjoying the evening as well. There are many routes at Pule Hill in the lower grades. However, it seems that either some of us have forgotten how to climb on Grit, or the grades are of the Yorkshire variety. "Amen", "The Swinger", "Pilot Crack", "Blind Buttress" and "Coffin Corner" are all listed as V-Diff, but they proved harder than expected. Some of them proved impossible to ascend cleanly (or at all, for that matter). The "hard men" in the group (i.e. Al and Scott) merrily soloed their way round the crag, leaving the rest of us to have fun failing to do the "unusual" moves required on "Pilot Crack" or swinging our way off the hand traverse on "The Swinger". Despite the "fun" descibed above, plenty of routes were climbed successfully and everybody seemed to have a great time. Off to one of the local pubs afterwards for refreshment and the election of next week's crag.

Pule Hill (at the edge)

Wed 4th Aug, 2004

Pule Hill (in the quarry)

Wed 12th May, 2004

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