Sun 2nd Sep, 2001

The Roaches

Sue Brooke

Members: Dave Bone, Sabina Cosulich, Roger Dyke, Paul Evans, Sheena Hendrie, Tony Major, Lester Payne, Peter Walker

Guests: Anthony Mannion, Andrew Mullins, Martin Wilcox


Apologies from the absent meet leader who was tied up finishing her final assignment for her degree and in danger of missing the deadline! The meet report has been compiled from information forwarded by Roger Dyke and Lester Payne, so many thanks to you both.

It was misty and drizzly with people arriving to find the crag dripping wet, to decide that easier routes were the order of the day.

Lester teamed up with Anthony and Martin to do Inverted V? ( I thought this was on Stanage), Maudes Garden and Right Hand Route whilst Paul and Roger climbed Inverted Staircase, Black Velvet and Crack and Corner, followed by a polished Right Hand Route (blamed on the earlier ascent), on which Roger appears to have had a bit of an epic. Rumour would have it that he fell off three times on the layback crack of a route graded VD, to by pass it by zipping up Gully Wall VS, to the first ledge and that he questions whether perhaps the grading of the routes have been confused in the new guide. There was a further epic on Right Hand Route later in the day, when Sheena had to bend double, half on and half off a big ledge, to try and free a rope jammed in a slot just a few inches below her waist. Fortunately Sheena was on double ropes and could simply untie the offending rope and climb on. Roger bemoans not having access to his camera to record this for posterity (and featuring on the website), but the camera was below a yoghurt pollution band in his sack, resulting from a burst pot, and was unreachable without elbow length rubber gloves. Sheena did not have a good day, with herself and Sabina going down in history for the longest ascent of Jeffcoats Buttress. References were made to Sheena failing to fix a crucial runner high in Jeffcoats Chimney to protect the 5B move at the start, getting a good grip on the excellent finishing hold at the top of the route 'several times' and to the totally necessary use of aluminium holds, due to excessively healthy lichen growth.

Peter Walker was a man on a mission and walked the Staffordshire Moorlands path from Hen Cloud to the River Dane, returning via the Hanging Stone, Back Forest and Roach End.

It sounds like a good time was had by all and I am sorry I was not able to be with you.

Sue Brooke

Meet Promo:

Check in at 10:30 and check out Sue on/under Sloth.

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