Here are a few photos from a delightful day at The Roaches. Cath and Chris on Left Hand Route, S4b and Gill at the top of pitch 2 of the Valkerie.
It's taken me rather longer than planned - not least because of Lockdown III - but I've now completed my Peak Trig Quest.
It seemed apt to complete my last route before the end of April so I took a day off work and enjoyed a very pleasing trot around Shelf Moor.
All of the routes are described and can be found in separate pages per month from the above link or by clicking on the image. This shows my final pillar of the quest at Higher Shelf Stones.
The April showers turned out to be snow showers but they were light and short-lived and the weather was much better than anticipated for our Sunday meet at Birchen.
Our prudence in arriving early at the car park paid off but the crag itself was not busy at all.
We enjoyed a great day starting at Stoker's Wall, moving on to Fo'c'sle Crack and Tar's Arete before finishing on a high with Horatio's Horror and Victory Vice at the secluded Kismet Buttress.
Well we had lovely end of lockdown climbing sessions at Harboro Rocks (Wed eve 31st Mar) and Stanage (Sat 3rd April). At Harboro it was positively balmy with people climbing in tee shirts until the sun went down at which point we had a celebration drink. Quite unexpected and completely the opposite of last year when it snowed (Tony dug out the photos to prove it!). Stanage started very cold, too cold for my fingers to grip confidently but then late morning the weather quietly changed the sun came out and the wind dropped and it turned into a Summer’s day. Quite amazing.
It was so lovely seeing people, to enjoy the banter without the zoom embarrassing pauses and of course to get on the rock. For my part I felt so rusty but slowly confidence comes back .. wish strength would come back too.
The rock was great too as if the lack of climbing over the last year had improved the grip and exaggerated the wonderfully weird shapes that the very contrasting dolomitic limestone and pure grit produces.
For the record we had 10 people at Harboro (9 climbers and a well wisher) and 7 at Stanage. We of course climbed in 2s or 3s to be Covid rules compliant.
Harboro was v busy (Oread were there too) but at no time did it fell too crowded and you could choose the climb of your choice. Stanage was surprisingly much quieter than a normal weekend perhaps reflecting the unfriendly, but incorrect, weather forecast.
We parked at the Plantation car park and climbed between Dover Wall and Mississippi Buttress well away from the slightly busier popular end.
Outdoor group climbing resumed with the DMC's first post Lockdown III meet at Harborough Rocks: a good place to get re-acquainted with the rock on this outcrop of Dolomitic Limestone.