Stanage meltdown

August 2nd, 2014 by rob s

paul-heather-wallPaul and I flexed a day off last week and headed to the popular end of Stanage, in what turned out to be a scorching hot day. When we parked there was a fair breeze to keep you cool but under the crag with sunlight reflecting off the rock we rapidly melted.

We ticked off a handful of VS's – Heather Wall being on Paul's list, and Rugosity Crack on mine, soloed a few easy routes and did a couple of easier HS ish routes. Highlight of the day were the resting on top after each climb, it was so lovely and cool up there in the breeze we agreed to investigate the snoozing potential.

Top entertainment and very reminiscent of the Ravens Scar siege of Will and Rob a few weeks back is Mantelpiece Buttress Direct. 10+ mins fiddling gear in, a couple of aborted attempts and a grazed knee and we decided to leave it for a better day! (aka i got spanked) At HVS 5b it is much easier than Raven's Jonah at VS 5a !

We managed to force ourselves to do 10 routes before sliding away in the early evening, just when it was getting nice, and the midges were coming out to play.

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