Sun 9th May, 1999
Members: Tony Gask, John Dobson, Andy Croughton, Virginia Castick, Linda Crossley, Jeremy Engineer, Chris Williamson, Lester Payne, Duncan Lee, Sabina Cosulich, Dave Dillon, Christine Beeston, Pete Leeson, Al Metelko, Dave Bone, Neil Perry, Alan Liverpool Jones, Rick Kruze, Ruth Ashton, Peter Walker, Kevin Anderson, Roger Dyke, Dave Wylie, Richard Bloxham, Roger and Bridget Mapleson, Tony Major, Dave Whittingham, Craig Marsden, Dave Shotton, Rick Davies and Roy Lee.
Guests: Richard Coulton, Jim Proctor, Peter King, Daniel Thomas-Whittington, Heather Brooke, Mike Howlett, Dave Garland, Clare Burn, Vicky Booth, Sue, Thomas and Phoebe Marsden, Ivy Lee and John Warburton.
18 Members of the Ex Nottingham University Explorers Club as guests of Pete Leeson and Dave Shotton including Lucy Griffiths, Steve Bowden, Shaun? Alys Mendes and Lee Latham. Sorry guys, I didn't manage to get all the names.
Apologies to anyone I have missed off the list and a big thank you to everyone that turned up for making the meet a wonderful social event. I am sure that everyone else that turned up on Froggatt that date were impressed (pissed off) by the numbers attending a local club meet.
The queues on routes did not deter the KMC mass attendance from climbing and there were ascents of plenty of classic climbs including Heather Wall, Terrace Crack, Silver Crack, Green Gut and Tody's Wall, which as usual provided plenty of amusement for spectators. There were a lot of people, including myself, willing to offer advice on how to make the foot round your ear move, from memories of years ago, who would not have attempted to repeat it themselves.
Talking about unusual moves, Kevin please explain how you regained balance on what looked like a minute foothold after lying nearly horizontal across a blank wall. Avalanche (E2) provided a wonderful close up view, for the not so brave, of Duncan pulling on a runner whilst leading and the above antics by Kevin whilst seconding. I am pleased to say that Sabina, who went up next on the rope, climbed the route in style.
Other routes climbed were Synopsis, Diamond Crack, Alan slab, Sunset Slab and Crack, Turret Crack, Diamond Crack, Chequers Crack and Buttress, Big Crack and Three Pebble Slab. It was particularly special for me to see three generations of my family Roy, Duncan and Heather climbing together on Sunset Crack. Is this the start of a big come back to climbing by Roy or will he next be sighted at the KMC Garden Party?
Finally I have been told by Andy that I have to announce that he did his first ever lead on North Climb (HVD) a route which apparently bites back (ask Andy and Heather about the matching war wounds). As Andy had bought a shiny new rope for the occasion, this is hopefully the first of many leads!
This fine quality gritstone crag is relatively sheltered and has a SW aspect, so catches the sun. With 165 routes of all grades, many of them classics, it has something to offer everyone, ranging from thrutchy off width cracks to some of the best slab climbing on gritstone. My intention is to park at the National Trust campsite, south of the Grouse Inn, at about 10.00am, with the aim of being at the crag (Grid ref 249763) from 10.3Oam.
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