Sat 7th May - Sun 8th May, 2022
KMC Newcomers climbing meet
Stanage Newcomers 2022, Saturday 7th May
Members: Andy Stratford, Andy Pierce, Rob Clark, Dave Wylie, Rory Marsden.
Craig Marsden, Daniel Arrowsmith, Cathy Gordon, Bridget Mapleson, Sue Marsden., Harry Potts.
Prospective Members: James Smith, James Davies, James Pike, William Cullum, Jess Pealing, Patrick Mackridge, Izzy Harris, Carys Mapleson, Anna Laws,
Great turnout of twenty in total - 11 members and 9 prospective members which included William, Patrick and Izzy who had never climbed trad before, although all had done some bouldering. William did a great job on Right Hand Trinity (S 4b) – a excellent start! Patrick and Izzy both climbed several routes, and were, of course initiated into the black art of the gritstone hand-jam….
There were three James’s on the prospectives’ team – which led to some confusion – I’m not sure if at one point all three were on a rope together, but it did sound like it, although sometimes all you could hear was Jess Pealing turning the air blue…
Daniel was up to his usual soling but also some excellent leading on The Little Flake Crack (VS 5a) and Ellis’s Eliminate (VS 4c) being followed up both of these by Andy S who led Hargreaves Original, Christmas Crack, April Crack and Narrow Buttress.
Rob Clark spent most of the day with William and Harry, and managed to tick off a good few classics including Right Hand Trinity, Robin Hoods Right Hand Buttress Direct, Straight Crack, Via Media and Zigzag Flake Crack
I didn’t manage to record much of what others climbed as there was so much going on, but as ever a great early season meet at Stanage.
Thanks to everyone who came and shared enthusiasm and banter.
SATURDAY 7th - Climbing at Stanage
All Prospective members are welcome! If you are already signed up as a prospective member then please hit the ''ADD ME'' button on this page and message Andy & Craig via the WhatsApp group.
Stanage is the 4km long grit cliff with over 1500 trad routes just near Hathersage. We'll meet at Hooks parking at 09.15am to walk up together, or if you would like a later start then head for the Christmas Crack area. We will work our way leftwards heading for Black slab, Inverted V through Robin Hood's, Twin Chimneys, Balcony and as far as Missisippi., Heaven Crack and Martello. If the weather plays ball we'll be climbing through till late afternoon / early evening.
SUNDAY 8th - Climbing at Burbage North
Tim Howarth and Greg Nunn will be running the Sunday at Burbage North.
All Prospective members are welcome! If you are already signed up as a prospective member then please hit the ''ADD ME'' button on this page and message Greg via the prospective members via the WhatsApp group.
The KMC prospective members intro outdoor meet will be planned for Saturday the 7th to give a chance to move the meet to Sunday 8th if the forecast is poor. If there is a wet forecast for both days, then one day will be a scramble in the peak on the Manchester side as an alternative. If the weather is good we may get out on both days.
We havn't fixed a climbing venue at this stage but it most likely to be at a venue with a good range of quality routes that can cope with a larger group - crags such as Stanage popular or High Neb, Burbage, Froggat or Castle Naze.