Wed 22nd Aug, 2007
The Bolton Gun Club has firing ranges in Wilton quarries 2 and 3. They have use of the quarries on three days each week, including Wednesdays. There were no red warning flags flying when the first KMC members arrived, but there were two Club members at their lockup in no. 2 quarry. However, when we checked with them, they were packing up and said that there would be no more shooting that evening. That meant that the KMC could indeed climb in no. 3 quarry, rather than having to resort to plan B (which would have been Wilton 1). On arriving next door in Wilton 3, we found that it was infested with school kids - who were having a grand time being top-roped up several of the easier routes. Hopefully the school had previously cleared this with the Gun Club... Thankfully, the kids soon finished off and left the KMC in peace for the rest of the evening. A steady stream of KMC members, prospective members, guests and hangers-on arrived to sample the delights of the quarried gritstone. They included Al, Dave W., Gordon, Trish, Jo, Anne, Duncan, Vicky, Andy, Mark, Rachel, Warby, Gary, Keen Richard and a few others who didn't make it onto the list. A most excellent turnout for a mid-week evening meet! Loads of routes got traffic, including "Orange Crack", "Orange Wall" (soloed by Duncan), "Oak Leaf Crack", "Forked Cracks", "Crack and Slab", "Central Crack", "Shivers Arête", "Eeny", "Mo", etc., etc., etc. Several of the routes proved to be trickier than expected, resulting in some dangling, with Trish gathering the most air-miles. The weather stayed fine, but it was very breezy - making it rather cool belaying at the top of the quarry walls. Climbing continued till after sunset, by which time some people had called it a night and headed off. The rest retired to the local Pub (the Wilton Arms) where the crag for the following week was chosen.