Outdoor Midweek Meets at Harpur Hill Quarry


Harpur Hill Quarry

Wed 11th May, 2016

Limestone Sport-Climbing near Buxton - I know... how did that happen?!


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Members: Andy Stratford, George Williams, Dan O’Brien

Guests: Rob Mills, Gowry Sisupalan, Will Johnson, Tom Nicholson, Duncan Zefera

Having left the sun behind in Manchester the KMC arrived at Harpur Hill in a thick fog…  This definitely lent an air of the post-apocalyptic wasteland to the quarry, which is one of the few sport climbing venues in the Peak District.  No wind, misty air, damp underfoot conditions, a fluorescent green pond and numbers trails from the local off-road motorbike scene all served to increase the “Max-Max” feel of the place.

Rob and Andy arrived first and opened their account on the Lower Tier with an ascent of Geisha grooves (6a).  Andy followed muttering something about the crumbly nature of the rock (why else does he think that the “Tradderati" would have allowed it to be bolted in the first place)  He also grumbled about how he preferred much more solid gritstone and how no-one who proposed or voted for Harpur Hill had shown up and that the only reason he was there was because he quite likes the Kebab Shop next to the pub in Buxton.  He was roundly ignored by the rest of us!

Will and Dan led Outside Tokyo (6b) which was then cleaned by Rob following a slight miscalculation on rope length that resulted in Will having to top-out rather than lower off (first true ascent?).  Andy teamed up with Gowry, Duncan and George to climb Golden Goose (5a) after which the team migrated over to the Cairn sector.  Will managed to link the moves on Cairn (7a) with a couple of rests and then kindly left the rope in place for Dan and newcomer Tom to flounder briefly on the bottom three moves whilst he rested up for his red-point attempt.  His second attempt ended with some muddled footwork on the crux with Dan taking the catch.  After Dan led Great White (6a), an under-bolted route he described as “rubbish”, Will tried again but the tricky footwork at the crux foiled him again and they decided to call it a night.

Next-door Rob led Senile Delinquents, which gets 5c but by starting up the wrong line of bolts he actually ended up climbing most of Cabin Fever (6b).  George, Duncan and Gowry followed.  Andy by now had abandoned sport climbing and had sought out one of the few traditional offerings at the crag in Fed Flintstone (VS) seconded by George and Gowry.

As the darkness fell the KMC headed for the Old Sun Inn (Andy and George via the local take-away) and the survivors debated where to go next week.  The nominations were Castle Naze, Pule Hill and (again) Alderman.  After a tie in the first round, Castle Naze fell during the run-off, mainly due to the recent Hot-Pot climbing meet there.  That left Pule Hill and Alderman.  Alderman won, mainly due to effective whipping of the Chew Valley Caucus and much to the relief of your correspondent, who had nominated it pretty much every week so far this year.  Lets hope it lives up to the hype!  

Daniel O'Brien

Harpur Hill Quarry

Wed 1st Jun, 2011


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Trish Cranston, Blaise Harvey, Carolyn Mills, James Williams, Gareth Williams, Nick Adamson Andy Stratford, Colin Maddison, Jim Symon, Al Metelko

The group amassed a good number of routes at Totty then spreading out later into Long Wall.


Harpur Hill

Wed 1st Sep, 2010


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Harper Hill devotees : Al Metelko, Penny Lewis, Andy Stratford, Gareth Williams, Carolyn Mills, Mark Ashley, Nick Adamson, Dave Dillon, Keith McDonald, Roger Dyke.

Nearly midge free, moon free, not bog free, almost trad free, sort of sun free. Plenty of whirling escapades. Only voting for four crags in the snug pub made an easy finish to the night out.


Harpur Hill

Wed 3rd Jun, 2009


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Members: Trish, Al. Nobody reported heading out to Harpur Hill on May 27th and there was a disappointing turnout on this meet despite it being a beautiful evening. Quite a few route completed with a bit of a struggle on one or two of the 5's in the lower quarry. The pub beckoned once the sun set and the climber next to us taking a 30 footer, crashing head to head with his belayer - it turns out they were on the Anglezarke midweek meet in April. He quickly got back on route to finish it. Looks like people are not prepared to travel any distance even though the evenings now are at their longest.


Harpur Hill

Wed 11th Jun, 2008


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Present: James?, Andy, Trish, Christine, Richard, Chris, Nadia, Al. James arrived at a cold and windy Hapur Hill, though the sun did shine between the slight very intermittent showers. He probably only explored the upper tier not realising there was a more sheltered lower one and fled before hypothermia set in. The rest of the crew arrived a little later and played on the numerous 5's and a 6b on the less exposed lower tier. Climbing went slightly beyond normal daylight hours as the climbing was so good and just made last rounds at the Park Inn.


Harpur Hill

Wed 20th Jun, 2007


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After heavy rain on the 13th meant that nobody got out climbing that evening, the Harpur Hill venue rolled forward to the 20th. There was a poor showing from the Club at this excellent venue. However 2 did turn up and 5 routes were done.


Harpur Hill

Wed 22nd Jun, 2005


Harpur Hill

Wed 7th May, 2003


Harpur Hill

Wed 30th Apr, 2003


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Rained off!



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