Wed 5th May, 2021
Evening meet: Frogsmouth Quarry
Troy (replacement venue for Frogsmouth) midweek 5th May 2021
Members: Andy Stratford and Jim Symon
It had rained and rained for a couple of days, and as the BMC advise, climbing on sandstone after lost of rain is a no-no.... this is because the sandstone is porous and would erode much more quickly.... then there is the matter of Frogsmouth as a venue choice..... broken glass, grafitti, the sweet smell of charred bits from left over BBQ's and fires. Heaven!
Anyway, Anglezarke was proposed as an alternative, but due to one our fave KMC weds venues 'missing' from the list - something (apparently) to do with access..... Jim and I thought it wise to check with local KMC member and Troy guru Liam Brady, and with Paul Evans (KMC sec, and BMC access team) and actually, access is still fine it is just that one needs to be a little more careful with parking on the lane, or park further up the road and walk round the edge of the moor, which adds 12 minutes to the approach.
The weather was glorious and Troy takes the sunset beautifully - we climbed a great clutch of routes - Jim leading Stacked Deck (HS 4b), Cracked Wall (VS 4c) and Rapunzle (VS 5a) with Andy leading Right Siamese Twin (S 4a), Troy Groove (VS 4b) and Little Sneak (VS 4c).
Update: Meet moved to Anglezarke Quarry
Little known to the Manchester climbing fraternity, is the sport climbing cliff, Frogsmouth Quarry. The sandstone outcrop is in Runcorn, and was once a very scary trad venue. Today it is a very well bolted and enjoyable outing. Routes vary from f5 to f8a+ with the majority being in the 5 and 6's . The first four walls are well concentrated with good ammenable routes, and a lot can be done here quickly. The crag point south and is sheltered; it can be hot in the sun, but there are areas of respite in the trees. The crag is approched down hill, and the walking takes minutes. It's a really nice place to hang out, climb and get fit for summer. Details can be found here:
The meet will start at 6pm, but is normal for some to arrive early. Any questions please let me know. I look forward to seeing everyone there. Thanks.
Jared Kitchen, email@example.com
The KMC are running this meet in accordance to government and local Covid -19 restrictions. It is mandatory to contact the meet leader or Outdoor Meets Secretary before attending this meet. Thank you.