A brilliant day at fabulous Stanage Popular on Sunday. 10 club members and guests attended. Despite a fairly uncertain forecast we managed a full days climbing with only a light shower for about 15 mins in middle of the day. A stiff breeze also kept the midges away. Most of the climbing was centred around Balcony buttress and included Balcony Buttress (S), Balcony corner(VD), Balcony Cracks (S), Centre Stage (HVS).
I expect that there must have been at least 30 different routes climbed but here is mention of a few.
Andy Mac found a new climb – Little Slab (S) short but quite technical. I spent an hour or so puzzling over the crux moves on Scoop crack (HS). Eventually after much frantic searching I managed to find the hidden hold which was supposed to reduce the grade to HVD – no it didn’t! Thankfully Phil restored my nerves with an ascent of the fabulous ‘Heaven Crack’ (VD) – just lovely flowing moves. Meanwhile John and Bridget were enjoying ‘The Flue'(HVD) – described as a ‘climb for soot monkeys’ but actually very pleasant, provided you don’t get your helmet stuck in the final crack.
Congratulations to Dave for climbing clean the classic ‘Mississippi Buttress Direct’ (VS) a steep and strenuous climb that would not be out of place at Almscliff. Balcony Buttress itself, another real classic, was climbed by Brian and Jay with Tony and Dave taking the more direct ‘Centre Stage (HVS) through the roof. Good to see Andy Hudson getting out once more and he did his first lead of the season with Jo the really pleasant ‘Bee’ (VD). A climb also led by Jay and seconded by just about everyone.
Some light rain arrived to finish off a great day.