Sun 22nd May, 2016
Peak District Climbing - Stanage Popular End
Members: Roger Dyke, Andy Stratford, Jim Symon, Phil Hartwell, Dave Wylie, Oi Ding Koy, Christine Beeston, Dave Shotton, Nils Elgar
Associate member: Cathy Gordon
Non members: James Hall, Jared Kitchen, Patricia, Hamish Haynes, Duncan Zerafa, Jo Cowley, Hannah Elgar, Rob Potter, Andy Pierce, Dan Moore, Neil Boynton, Nick, Ruth and Reuben Tinsdeall
I arrived traditionally late at the crag already teeming with KMC members old and new and a full carpark. Many routes were undertaken mostly old classics, and the new climbers had impressively high levels of climbing.
Andy S and Jim climbed Castle Crack, Heather Wall, Manchester Buttress, Crack and Corner, and Narrow Buttress to name a few with nonchalant grace and surprisingly little swearing! And Phil and Dave on very good form, Dave with already 48 routes under his belt this year, climbed Black Hawk Hell Crack and Christmas Crack, whilst Phil led Manchester Buttress, Central Trinity and Bishop's Route.
Nils led Hannah, myself and Jo up Black Hawk Hell Crack. Dan Moore, claiming he wasn't used to leading, went on to lead several VDs and severe's with Jo and Ding.
Jared and Patricia climbed some impressively hard routes with big overhangs including Kirkus's Corner, as did James and Hamish, who's ascents included Eliminator and Narrow Buttress.
Duncan led Roger up Black Hawk Traverse, and Roger led Flying Buttress and proceeded to inform the whole of Stanage that the meet leader should get her leg over the last move! He then followed her up Hollybush Crack followed closely by Christine and Neil.
Christine and Neil earned the name of hardest climbers of the day, leading Black Hawk Traverse and following up Hollybush crack, and then insisting that coffee and cake was the order of the day.
The most hardclimbing newcomers of the day award should go to Andy P and Rob. It was Rob's first day out climbing on peak rock and he followed Andy up increasing hard routes of Heather Wall, Gargoyle Buttress and Grotto Wall to name a few.
Dave and his friends Nick, Ruth and Reuben walked along Stanage Edge onto Higgar Tor and Upper Burbage Bridge for an ice cream whilst Reuben bouldered in the Plantation.
The meet resumed in Outside Cafe. Thank you to everyone who turned up. And to cap it all I nearly drove off with my pudding bowl on my car. Thanks Jim. I am now aspiring to be a full member.
Cathy is too busy gallivanting around the world to write a long meet preview, but “Meeting under Black Hawk Traverse around 10.30” should be enough!