Stanage Rendezvous

Following on from Saturday’s caving trip and Rachel’s early-birthday-celebration dinner in the Scotsman’s Pack in Hathersage we were lucky enough to have a reasonable forecast for Sunday … a day climbing on Stanage Edge was on!

Meanwhile Anna headed off, supported by Ian and cheered on by Richard (still convalescing his recovering fractured arm), to take part in the 10k fell race, the Stanage Struggle.

As we arrived at the parking for the popular end of Stanage we were greeted by lots of familiar faces – it was the CC Peak Aspirant Members meet based at the Downes hut and most of them had opted for Stanage too. 😯 Combined with the early weeks of the new academic year and lots of University climbing club teams out to play, to say Stanage was busy would not really convey anything like the busyness of the crag! I reckon there were more people climbing at the popular areas than there are climbing in the whole of the Lake District on any given sunny Sunday. But I suppose there’s a reason for that, after a few routes reacquainting ourselves with the style of gritstone climbing, we had to admit it was great fun! 😛

Paul on Central Trinity
Elsie on Macleods' Variation of Hargreaves' Original with Laetitia belaying, Paul checking the weather to the west, Rachel watching in anticipation of her turn, and Richard watching from the top!
Pete on the big holds at the top of Easter Rib
There was just time for Paul and Laetitia to follow before the rain finally arrived!

Series - Rachel's Rendezvous

  1. Stanage Rendezvous
  2. Rachel’s birthday Cave trip

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