Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Churning Churnet...

So last weekend we headed up to Lakes to do a slide show presentation for the Fell & Rock Climbing Club, at a fancy hotel in Shapwells. It was all a bit unexpected but considering it was our first talk everything went pretty smoothly! We showed everyone some cool photographs and talked about some memorable routes and trips we had been on. Saturday morning we then headed over to check out the new Kendal climbing wall, which was having its opening do. The wall was awesome, very futuristic and definitely worth a look if you’re in the area.

Sunday we were back in the Peak’s, well actually Staffordshire were we headed over to check out the sandstone climbing of The Churnet. So, yeh we had a cracking day out with the first line to go down was the amazing The Pride (E6 6b). This ranks as one of the best routes we have ever done. An amazing solo through a steep roof and wall above. Ed stepped up first and cranked his way to the top, I then followed. What a gem! Next to go down was the Master’s edge of Staffordshire, Sole Survivor (E5 6b) in the dank quarry round the corner. This again was a wicked route up a steep arĂȘte, with fairly good gear and great moves the whole way. Was great finding these esoteric gem’s away from all the crowds! Last place on the visit was Wrights rock, which was brilliant bouldering venue with loads of steep, burly problems of all grades, all next door to each other. Did some cool lines such as Simple Simon(V8), Thumbs(V9), Wrights trav(V8), Bhodi(V7). This really was a class venue and one of the few places I’ve been to which got me psyched for bouldering! Keen to head back soon!

Scary V6
Simple Simon
Sole Survivor

The Pride!

the decent crux! Spicey times