Sun 4th Mar, 2018

Yorkshire Bouldering

Daniel O'Brien

This year's Yorkshire Bouldering is a re-run of the 2017 wash-out at Caley Crags.  This time, the weather has been ordered well in advance so I can personally guarantee* you perfect conditions.  Wrap up warm and pack spare forearms and fingertips for some absolutely classic rough gritstone.  Described on UKClimbing as “A world class venue” claiming that “if it’s not here, it’s not worth doing!” the crag is a veritable paradise of gritstone bouldering with something for everyone (Font 3 to Font 8b) with some longer routes for those of you more inclined to rope-up.  There are several guidebooks (including the new Yorkshire Gritstone) but for the purposes of consistent navigation I will be using Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Volume 1 (2008).

The best approach to Caley Crags is along the A660 Leeds-Otley Road Near Otley.  I will be there from about 10.30am and will start at Boulder 14 (known as The Playground and Otley Wall) for a warm-up before moving on wherever consensus takes us.  If you have a bouldering mat then please bring it as I only have one.  Additionally, as the meet is bouldering, to earn you tick you must fulfil strict bouldering criteria. Either climb a problem, spot a boulderer or stand at the bottom, drinking tea, talking loudly about how bad the friction is today and offering (un)helpful advice.

I've included some useful links below.  Also, please be aware that the parking for Caley is a little exciting (being limited and at the side of a main road...)  I'd recommend sharing transport though I appreciate that this is not a KMC strongpoint so I'll simply say - be careful out there… 


Daniel O'Brien

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