Wed 17th Apr, 2019
Members: Clay Conlon, Jack Buzcko, Jim Symon, Emily Pitts, Paul Evans, Jared kitchen, Adam McCudden, Jed Farmer
Guests: Josh Birchall, John Smallwood, Carla Wrigley, Liam Brady, Mark Rothwell, Luke Weaver
Sunshine!!!! Finally some warm climbing after a FREEZING weekend out on rock and members welcomed newcomers to a super duper popular meet with 15 of us enjoying a great evening under the yellow lamp, the sun.
Jed and Adam basically found the most disgusting routes they could, including Unnatural Act, stated as VS, but evidently HVX with little gear and loose stones to at least half way up. The route’s popularity is clear from the UKC entries - it’s in a grand total of 1 person’s log book. 85,000 Members of the the BMC, tens of thousands of registered members on UK. One ascent recorded. Says it all. After this, they decided on something more civilised - Original Route VDiff and then Cracked Corner HS 4b.
Paul, Liam and Jim climbed The Price of Admission and This is not Cheedale.
Adam and Jed put up a rope on Revenge of the Grit Bolting Antichrist. Various of us made our way to varying degrees of success.
Jared started off on Alcove Crack (HVS) followed up by John and Me. He then led Foundling (VS 4c) with Carla and John. Luke led the Mather Crack (E2 5b), but he reckons it should be downgraded to a Mod!? Jared then went on the lead on Electric Circus. Again, Luke downgraded it from E3 5C to VDiff! Next time, I think Luke needs to carry a member on his back to slow him down.
Mark led Piggy’s Crack (VS 4C) followed by Carla then some other routes, but I didn’t manage to get which ones before he left.
Meirion led a mixup of Original Route and Cracked Corner (I think!) followed by Carla and Josh.
Emily led up the same chossy corner that Mark led, which the guidebook said was a VS and was clearly a decent route! Dirty and grim.
The light faded and people drifted away with only the hardcore (John, Luke, Emily, Adam and Jared) staying to the sweet end - a pint in the pub courtesy of Jared.
It was great to welcome newcomers and to hang out at this fab crag. Can’t wait for next week. If you’re a newcomer and fancy joining us, next week is Windgather - friendly and fun.
New Mills Torrs
Another brilliant low level crag. Warm and sunnny, approached downhill and a pub 2 mins away! What more can you ask for!? Well, the climbing is superb; a high quality mix of routes (both trad and sport!) and bouldering at all grades, all on quarried grit. I've climbed there a lot and I think its brillliant. It's a nice place to hang out, and for early season its a great crag to get a lot in quickly. Details can be found here:
It'll be great if you all came out, so bring your gear and I'll see you there. Keep an eye on scribble for updates and send me any questions you may have. See you soon.
Jared Kitchen, KMC Outdoor Meets Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org