Wed 25th Aug, 2021
Evening Meet: Windgather Rocks
Windgather Rocks Wed 25th August 2021
Members: Roger Dyke, Andy Stratford, Andy Pierce, Dave Wylie, Rory Marsden, Chris Kastavunis, Caro Churchill, Steve Lopacki, Adam McCudden, Ged Farmer
Prospective Members: Brian Tarnowski, Harry Potts, Holly Warder, James Pike, Daniel Arrowsmith, Anna Laws, Catriona Kastavunis,
Seventeen members and prospective members out on a classic Windgather evening – sunshine and light winds, unfortunately not breezy enough for the critters…. Not midges though. FLYING ANTS! At the top of random buttresses, randomly all evening. Randomly. AARghhh!!
Roger initially claimed to just be there to take photos, but after 15 minutes he had his harness on and was on High Buttress Arete!
The rest of us climbed all the classic Windgather routes, a few notable ascents were Daniel Arrowsmith onsight ascent of Portfolio HVS 5b, followed very capably by Holly then Andy S. Rory also led it and again was followed in good style by Anna – who had a cracking evening, leading her first two routes under Rory’s watchful eye.
Brian also got a few leads in with Dave assisting, and Caro moved up a gear on her trad game with a solid lead of Mississippi crack.
Many routes were solo’d as well, with Andy Pierce offering belay wisdom at the top of the crag to all those less familiar with the process.
We were treated to a superb sunset, as well as the good company, let see a good turnout next week as the equally sunset-tastic Alderman Rocks, followed by a trip to the pub.
Classic, and ever popular with novices and experts alike, Windgather sits on the hill above Kettleshume near Whalley Bridge, and is a popular choice for evening jaunts. A continuous natural gritstone cliff just a few hundred metres long, it is blessed with continuous high quality routes, all along its length. Many of these have more approachable grades with a few toughies in between for those looking.
It is likely some of us will be at the crag a good deal earlier today - probably from early afternoon so make a date in your diary - keep an eye on scribble for updates.