Sunny Limestone

October 3rd, 2011 by rob s

With the bout of good weather about to come to an end, teams seem to be heading in all directions this w/e. Initial plans of high Lakeland crags were changed in light of the less than favourable forecast esp for Sunday so the Peak it was.

Peri, CourtnAy and a big team headed off for Stanage High Neb area on Sat and Burbage South on Sunday (more details on Peris Hot Grit blog). Simon, Carmen and I headed further south into limestone country and camped at Alstonfield (a place YAC has used in the distant past) to be joined by Pete B after some bodging to get his car through its MOT.

Beeston Tor is a great venue but with most routes multi-pitch and VS-plus not a great introductory crag. It faces south and catches all the sun, making it ideal for winter days, so of course we rock up on a hot sunny day and get completely fried while doing West Wall Route (VS 4c) – some excellent climbing a bit marred by early vegetation and dust/dirt evereywhere. We decided to run away and get an ice cream just as Pete B arrived! Brassington wasn't where we were headed but it's where found ourselves, some lovely little routes to solo and a few VSs to lead, but all really short, meant we got lots of routes in as the sun set (mind the nettles though). S&C cooked, Pete and I headed for one of the two local pubs and ate posh nosh.

Dovedale was the target for Sunday, Snakes Alive (VS 4c ***) more specifically for S&C. Pete and I headed up to Tisssington Spires and enjoyed Ten Craters of Wisdom (VS) and Simeon Direct (HVS) but not so much Rose Bowl as I lost the route towards the top – oops.

Rain Stopped play about 4.30ish (so S&C carried in till 5.30).

My camera has barfed so no idea if there are any pix to follow!
UPDATE: managed to get it to work by bashing it on floor !

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