The Club visited the Carlisle
Mountaineering Club’s hut in the quiet Newlands Valley in the
Lake District for the September holiday weekend.
Here is Chris’s report.
“Here is a quick tour of the climbing
venues we visited over the weekend. It ended up being a bit of
a tour of the NW with visits to the Lakeland crags as well as
crags in Lancashire and Yorkshire. On Saturday, Marj, Vicky and
myself visited Castle Rock, a fine exposed crag overlooking St
john's Vale near Thirlmere. The routes are nice and long on
good quality volcanic Rhyolite.
Vicky and Marj at the top of Castle Rock
looking north up St john's Vale, a great place to belay and
admire the views, which briefly cleared up late in the afternoon.
On Sunday there was low cloud so we headed
south looking for dry rock and ended up at Trowbarrow, big open
disued limestone quarry near Carnforth in Lancashire. We had
the place to ourselves most of the day and the sun came out so
we climbed until sunset and got back to the car just at it was
getting dark. we were treated to a fine sunset looking out
across Morecambe bay. Here is Vicky starting up Ant Ramp with
the classic crack line of jean Jeanie on the wall behind.
Marj leading Jonno and about to reach the
big belay ledge. the route continues up a ramp to a small
overhanging block. near the top
On Monday more low level cloud so we headed
to Yorkshire to get on some Gritstone at Brimham Rocks. The
weird shaped gritstone "boulders" have been a tourist attraction
for as long time and the land is now owned by the NT, everyone
enjoyed the location and climbing here which is very unusual
with isolated "boulders" to be discovered through a maze of
paths in the hilly wooded landscape. Here is Cedric leading the
"classic route of the crag"
Here is Michael getting to grips with some
typical sloping holds on gritstone.
On Tuesday the weather looked better so we
went to the most popular crag in the lake district, Shepherd's
at Borrowdale. today it was virtually empty and I was able to
enjoy the beautiful views across derwentwater without continuous
noise from other people and the road.
Here I am leading the spectacular 2nd pitch
of Fisher's Folly which takes an exposed traverse across the
crag. The picture was taken by Michael Culley from the belay
This is a proper climbers crag with an
excellent café at the base of the crag in an old farm. There
was just enough time to enjoy the sun with a slice of homemade
fruit pie and ice cream washed down with a pot of tea before
Marj and Vicky finished their climb and we had to head home.”
Here also are Marj’s photos of the weekend.
Vicky leading second pitch of first route
at Castle Rock
Vicky at top of first pitch, second route
Getting ready after a lunch stop
Chris leading third route
Chris leading a challenging VS
Chris on first route
Getting too hot
Vicky on lead as well
Sneaking up on Chris
Cedric on second
Michael on second
On Tuesday Vicky and myself did Little
Chamonix at Shepherd's Crag. Sadly we didn't take a camera so
missed out on what should have been nice pics. It was a very