Sun 17th Mar, 2019
Burbage North - Scribble Climbing Meet
Members: Dan O’Brien, Jared Kitchen, Gowry Sisupalan, Merion Tanner
Driving across the Snake Pass, as the temperature plummeted and the road whitened, your correspondent began to fell a little less confident than he had been when, at 8am, he sent messages via Scribble, Twitter and Facebook to confirm that the weather was good and the meet was definitely going ahead. By 10am, sat in a wet, cold, snowy and very windy Burbage Bridge car park the mood had not improved.
Gowry arrived and the rain stopped. Deciding to stick with bouldering we wandered along to the little slab at Ash Tree Boulders. Jared joined us and we enjoyed an experimental session learning all about how much you can still smear on wet gritstone – quite a lot it turns out! We climbed Tiny Slab Left (V1), Tiny Left Arete (V0) and fiddled around on the under graded Tiny Slab Right (V3). The rain came in as we moved on to Remergence (or as it will be known in such conditions, Submergence) which was also damp with a deep pool at the bottom. Gowry decided she’d had enough and Jared decided to make the most of the weather to go and clean the markers form February’s fell race. After about half an hour sat in the car, the hail and snow started to clear, Merion arrived and we headed back out to the crag.
Merion and Dan climbed Overhanging Buttress Direct (S) and Ad Infinitum (S) which was cut short due to another snow flurry. Moving closer to the car park, they climbed Triangle Buttress Arete (VD) and Baseless (HVD) while Jared, fresh from his wander round Grindleford, bouldered around on The Chant area and Banana Finger.
At 3.30pm the cold got the better of us and we went our separate ways. A surprisingly productive day considering the conditions.
Right folks, the weather is looking good for Sunday so I propose a trip to Burbage North. There are a vast array of routes and boulder problems to go at across the grades so there should be something for everyone. More information and some inspiring photos can be found here - https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=88
I'll be arriving at the Burbage Bridge car-park at 10.15ish then wandering along the crag to the Ash Tree Wall area. The car-park can get pretty busy so I'd recommend car-sharing if you can.
Hope to see a good number of you there!