Outdoor Midweek Meets at Standing Stones - Chew Valley


Standing Stones - Chew Valley

Wed 12th Jul, 2017


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Members: Dan O’Brien, Jared Kitchen, Emily Thompson, Duncan Zerafa, Clay Conlon, Merion Tanner

Guests: Pati Xariklia, Isabel Prause, John (sorry, didn’t get a surname), Bernard.

So it’s probably fair to say, on the long, hot walk up the hill from Binn Green to Standing Stones, the still weather a harbinger of midges, your corespondent was cursing Jim Symon for proposing this isolated moorland crag.  Even worse was meeting two members of the Rucksack Club who after less than 20 minutes had decided the midges were so bad they had no choice but to retreat to the beer garden in The Clarence.  The KMC, however, are made of sterner stuff (as, in fairness are most of the other Rucksack members who stuck it out!)

Dan opened his account with Womanless Wall (VS) followed by Isabel.  The climbing was excellent, the friction good and it seemed to some extent that the midges were easing off.  Duncan led Twin Crack Corner (a top-50 VS) followed by Pati.  It was also led by Merion followed by Bernard.  Merion and Bernard climbed a long, wide, green corner crack called Smilers Corner (HS) which despite all the evidence to the contrary they described as a “nice route”.

Whist descending from the top of the crag, your corespondent heard a familiar hum and assumed the evening would be ending shortly due to the re-emergence of the midges.  The breeze was still brisk however and the noise was actually coming from the flying Drone brought along by one of the Rucksack Club to film the evenings action.  One enterprising KMC-er suggested a potential business opportunity where one could fly a drone around the head of a climber on midgey days to blow them away.

Jared led Vivien (S) followed by Emily.  Duncan told of an ascent of the route he and George Williams made previously which resulted in a “wheelbarrow-sized” mound of earth sliding off as they topped out! The route was also climbed by Dan and Isabel.  Clay Led Guillotine and Touch of Spring; Both Severe and both followed by John.

As the evening wore on and our ranks thinned Pati and Duncan made an ascent of Pocked Wall (VS), also climbed by Merion and Bernard. John led Echantillion (HVD), a tricky looking meandering number with a chimney finish.  As your correspondent was leaving, Pati and Duncan were debating whether there was time for one more route – clearly still burned from their late finish last week at Running Hill Pits!

With the long walk-out guaranteeing the group would miss last orders at The Clarence the discussion on next week’s location was conducted at the crag.  Dan had already whipped some votes before consulting Clay and John (halfway up a route and in no condition to complain) so with only the thinnest veneer of democracy, the KMC will be off to Helsby for some classic Sandstone.  So there!

Daniel O'Brien

Standing Stones - Chew Valley

Wed 24th Jun, 2015

Rollover from last week


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Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley)

Lonesome member: Andy Stratford

After a warm day I didn't bother checking the forecast. A scribble appeared which I replied to saying ''I'm on my way''. I cycled up the track from Binn Green into the wind with clouds blowing in....just as I locked my bike up at the top under Ravenstones the rain came in. I walked up to the crag, arriving at 6pm with the rain quickly easing. I let the wind blow for half an hour then solo'd up a wet Weeping Wall (Diff). No-one had appeared by 7pm so I walked back down to the bike just as another quick shower passed through. And so goes standing stones for another year.....

Voting tonight is oh so tricky.

...but I want to head south - mostly the crags this wednesday season have been on the north and east side so...lets try Ramshaw Rocks.

Andy Stratford

Standing Stones - Chew Valley

Wed 17th Jun, 2015

One of the chew's finest crags


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Andy Stratford

Standing Stones - Chew Valley

Wed 11th Sep, 2013

Clean rough grit with well-weathered seams providing lots of juggy incuts and pockets.


Standing Stones

Wed 3rd Aug, 2011


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Members: Andy Stratford, Carolyn Mills

Guests: Nick Adamson, Ozcan Yanik

This always had the potential for low attendance due to relatively long walk in (for a weds!), off putting descriptions of blocked up laybys and general obscurity but we all thought it very worth the effort - the location, quality of rock and height of routes was superb. And surprisingly it wasn't green. We shall return.

Ozcan continued moving up the leading grades with a solid effort on Smiler (HS 4b) followed by Andy. Both Carolyn and Andy led the crag classic 'twin crack corner' a worthy VS 4b followed by Nick and Ozcan. Fairy Nuff (VS 5a) succumbed to Carolyn after a bit of a tussle.

Just made it to the cars before it went dark then a quick one in 'The Clarence'. After many weeks of being proposed the infamous Teggs Nose finally got the vote - unanimous this week!



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