Wed 3rd Sep, 2014
Anglezarke does have a Z in it.....lots of midgez.....lots of blackberriez....and lots of routes that don't begin with Z, some of which we climbed.......all twelve of us.....except Mirella who despite there being a Z in it didn't turn up!
Members: Helen Boothman. Gareth Williams, Andy Stratford. Dave Wylie.
Guests: Ben Slater, Matt Harrigan. Mark Haworth, Hannah Hughes, Nina Rithalia, Doug Arnold, Andrew Ault, James Meakin
Ben Slater managed an excellent lead of nightmare at VS 4b and some others.
Mark led up Aldred's Original (V Diff) and Meanwhile (S4a)
Matt executed a fine lead on Wedge (HS 4b) then wandered over to the Golden Tower with Andy S - Andy was intent on Samarkand but he just couldn't get started....again.....well maybe one day. Matt led up the fine and - we think - under-rated 'The Finger' at VS 5a. this really is an excellent route, great gear all the way, some slab moves, an overhang then a superb steep jamming crack to finish. Highly recommended.
Doug experienced a Metamorphasis (VS 4c) then was wished Many Happy Returns (HVS 5a).
Meanwhile, up in the E numbers.....Helen had a fine lead of First Finale (E1 5b), albeit after a bit of a rest followed by up by Gareth. They also wandered over to the Golden Tower where Gareth coolly despatched the classic of the quarry at E2 5c in very good style. Helen made a valiant effort to second it and could still feel it in her arms an hour later in the pub....and so to the vote.....New Mills Torrs vs Wilton 1 Vs Den Lane.....with Den Lane a clear winner....get your tricams out for the classic Three Notch Slab!