if anyone’s interested, I’ve a little used 50cm walking axe to give away. Grivel Mont Blanch with wrist leash. Was my wife’s but she has difficulty walking on a pavement far less snow slopes these days. Also 2 Blackdiamond turbo ice screws up for grabs. Good condition £20 and they’re yours
Having got soaked well and truly earlier in the week on a promising forecast of light rain showers and sunny spells I was slightly hesitant in setting off on a heavy showers and breezy weather outlook. Thankfully Shirley and Martin had the same thought so undeterred we decided to switch to plan B and meet for a walk in the Dales instead.
Saturday morning dawned heavy rain bouncing down outside as it had done for most of the night. Oh dear! but plans are plans so throwing everything into my new plastic rucksack liner especially resourced for such an occasion I debated seriously wether to gear up in the garage before heading out.
As I drove up out of Settle over the Moor (a delightful ride on most occasions) a faint glimmer of bright light could be seen encroaching over the sodden landscape from the west. Arriving at Airton to meet the others a total transformation started to occur hard to believe but blue skies and sunshine started to break through. So off we set over to Calton, Winterburn Reservoir, Hanlith Moor, Kirkby Malham ( by this time in tee shirts wishing we had shorts on!) and back to Airton. Great views, good company, nice chocolate tiffin ( thanks Shirley) 11.5 miles no rain, no jacket fab.
Unfortunately the Stanage meet will have to be cancelled. The weather forecast is pretty atrocious so I don’t think that there is any chance of this going ahead.
Anyone looking to climb locally on Saturday, please call me on 07900 933 339
With Barrel Buttress not described in Rockfax, this buttress no longer gets the traffic it once did. Routes have become somewhat overgrown, nevertheless a number of the classic lines remain clean and make a worthwhile outing. Flakey (HS**) and Nettle Crack (VS*) have some strenuous moves at the grade but are good value, however topping out of the 6m high Spider Wall (HS
**?) is not to be recommended without a short diversion left to place gear in Straight Crack!