Wed 12th May, 2021

Evening meet: Castle Naze

Castle Naze weds 12th May 2021

Members: Andy Stratford, Jim Symon, Andy Pierce, Jack Buczko, Duncan Zerafa

Prospective Members: Ian Bennett, Rory Marsden

The forecast was a little marginal but Castle Naze is a super quick drying crag – we were there from 3pm – 8.30pm and in the end we only had a few spots of rain and a short spell of cool wind but other than that it was warm, dry, sunny and relatively calm.

We climbed most of the classic routes between us that evening with Jim having a cracking night leading Keep Arete VS 4b, The Crack VS 4b, Studio HS 4b, The Nithin S 4a, Scoop Face HVS 5a and Nozag VS 4c. Check out the KMC members facebook page for a great photo of Jim on scoop face before he got some gear in…..

Andy P managed about ten routes of which he solo’d eight – The Arete, Fifth horseman, thin cracks, The Nose, Niche arete, Pilgrims Progress, Little Pillar and Keep arete.

Everyone else led two or three routes on a relaxed and fun evenings climbing.

Andy S

Andy Stratford

Meet Promo:

Castle Naze 

A KMC classic. Castle Naze rests above village of Combs in the western Peak District. It is a wonderful crag of great character. Warm and approached quickly, it has a range of very good routes of amenable grades. It was the most voted for crag in 2020 and is the third most visited crag in the KMC evening crag list. There are good reasons for that! Details can be found here: 


From Manchester Castle Naze is normally approached by road through Whalley Bridge and Combs, followed by a 2 min walk up the hill to the rock. Parking is limited so please be considerate. We'll be there by 6pm latest, but its normal for people to be there much earlier. Some midge cream a warm layer and headtorch are advisable items to bring. Keep a watch of scribble for upadates and/or send me a message if you have questions. See you at the crag.


Jared Kitchen, KMC Outdoor Meets Secretary, 


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.

Jim Symon on the thrilling upper section of Nozag VS 4c (Andy Stratford)
Andy on Nozag (Andrew Pierce)
Jim Symon on Nozag VS 4c lower section (Andy Stratford)
Sunset from the Naze (Andy Stratford)

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