Despite rolls of thunder several intrepid climbers turned out for an excellent evening at High Stoney Bank. I even bought a lighting conductor (clipstick) which I stowed well away from the crag (not really needed here as the first bolts are generally quite low down). I started with Jay at the end of the crag on Lamb Chops(5a) but rain soon dampened our spirits and we packed up ready for a consolation pint. However, under the canny guidance of Keith the rest of the team had managed to find themselves a gently overhanging section of cliff which was staying dry. More routes then followed and included, Zoar(6a), The Straight and Narrow(6a) and Pillar of Salt (6a+).
With some midges appearing Steve, Jay, Phil and Dave decided to call it a day. Meanwhile Andy, Brian and Keith battled on with further climbs at the far end of the crag (by now drying out).
Most of us were able to meet at the Linton Arms in Malham for discussion, a pint and a ‘pork scratching tasting’. Three varieties of scratchings were sampled with the fennel variety proving the most popular – highly recommended!