Wed 25th May, 2022
Stanage North, Crow Chin – Wednesday 25th May 2022
Attendees: David Rainsbury, Andy Stratford, Jim Symon, Brian Tarnowski, Caroline Gay, Steve Lopacki, Mich Harrison, James Davis, William Cullum, Rory Marsden
As promised the sun was shining, briefly. It was also raining briefly, but that didn’t matter because it was so windy that the rock was still drying faster than it was getting wet. The seemingly hurricane force wind was keeping the midgies down wonderfully and the general weather outlook seemed to have kept all other climbers at home. And so on the one day of the year when we had the whole of Stanage Edge to ourselves and could have climbed on any section in absolute tranquillity ten of us trekked out to one of the most remote parts, Crow Chin.
The combination of the remote position and the wind (did I mention it was windy?) really added a wildness to the climbing. The risk of being blown over making the delicate, balanced moves slightly harrowing and the continuous buffeting and wind noise making it hard to focus. It all added to the challenge and either everyone was enjoying it or had to keep climbing to stay warm because a remarkable number of routes got ticked as follows:
Andy & Jim
October Slab, HS 4b, led by Andy
Autumn Gold, HS 4a, led by Jim
Spring Sunshine , VS 4c Led by Andy
Big Al, HVS 5a, led by Andy
Bright Eyed, HS 4b, led by Jim
X-ray, HS 4b, led by Jim (Cosmic Crack area)
Andy, Jim & Mich
Kelly's Eye, HS 4b, led by Jim
James & William
Kelly’s Crack, VD, led by James
Autumn Gold, HS 4a, led by James
X-Ray, HS 4b, led by James (Cosmic Crack area)
Mich & Steve
Bright Eyed, HS 4b, led by Mich
Spring Sunshine, VS 4c, led by Steve
Autumn Gold, HS 4a, led by Mich
Feathered Friends, VS 4c, led by Steve
Cosmic Crack, VS 4c, led by Mich (Cosmic Crack area)
Brian & Caroline
October Crack, Diff, led by Brian
Kelly’s Crack, VDiff, led by Brian
David & Rory
Bent Crack, HVD, led by David
Autumn Gold, HS 4a, led by Rory
Kelly’s Crack, VD, led by David
Steve, David & Rory
October Slab, HS 4b, led by Steve
David & Caroline
Bow Crack, VD, led by David (Twin Buttress area)
Meson, VD 4b, led by David (Meson area)
Jam Good, VD, led by David (Puss area)
Beanpod, S 4a, led by David (Cosmic Crack area)
Brian & Rory
Bent Crack, HVD, led by Rory
New Year’s Eve, S 4b, led by Rory
Bow Crack, VD, led by Brian (Twin Buttress area)
Eckhard’s Chimney, VD, led by Rory (High Neb)
As the evening progressed there was some exploration of other sections of Stanage North with routes climbed on six areas in total. Climbing was wrapped up by around 9pm and we were all back to the cars before it was dark. Another great evening with the KMC making the most of every opportunity to get out on the rock.
Thanks to David and Andy for a great venue suggestion. David had told me on the walk in that he had not visited Crow Chin in a “long time” so must have been having some sense of déjà vu prior to Andy remining him that they had climbed there in October last year!
Apologies again to James and William who asked for a pin drop on Google maps to locate the rest of the team. You arrived before I saw the message so I guess you figured it out!
Well done to Brian for some great routes on only his second session of leading.
Thanks to everyone who made it out. See you all again soon.
Come and spend an evening with Jim, Kelly, Al and Clare (Jim Crow HVS 5a, Kelly’s Crack VD, Big Al HVS 5a, Clare S 4b). Crow Chin has a great selection of climbs in the Diff to HVS range so there should be plenty for all to go at. For those in need of something harder Marble Wall with anything up to E8 is just next door. At the quieter end of Stanage we are guaranteed* to have the crag to ourselves, the sun will be shining and a gentle breeze will be keeping the midges down!
The shortest approach to Crow Chin is from the car park at Dennis Knoll and is around a 20 minute walk. Begin up the main path before taking the left path towards High Neb and then another left turn on to the path running parallel with and below the edge. As the path bends Northwards Crow Chin is the isolated face with a square cave at it’s right-hand side.
I will be aiming to arrive mid-afternoon. Please add your name to the “intending to attend” or drop me a Whatsapp if you are coming along. Hope to see you there.