Holly at Stanage, 14th August 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-08-21

The forecast was for another almost dry Sunday, and so four of us met at Northallerton and headed off down to Stanage for my scheduled meet in the Peak District. The others were Andy, Pete and Steve (new applicant). After a late breakfast at the ‘Outside’ café in Hathersage, we drove on to the plantation car park below Stanage Edge and walked up to Goliath’s Groove.

 

During the morning, there was intermittent sunshine and clouds and a few slight showers.  Andy led Wall End Crack Direct (HS 4b**) and Pete led Wall End Holly Tree Crack (HS 4b*). Both climbs were well worth their grade, and the former was, as it said in the guide, difficult to protect. After lunch, Pete and Steve headed off towards the popular end while Andy and I stayed close to the plantation. I led Hollybush Gully Right direct start (S 4a**) which was straightforward. Andy led Paradise Crack (Rockfax HVD 4a**; UKC S 4a**). We both found this a long, tiring struggle, and Andy lacked big gear for protection. Paradise, indeed! It was the biggest effort of my day. I suggest 1* HS. Meanwhile, Pete and Steve were tackling Right Hand Trinity (S 4b**) and Hollybush Crack (Top50 VDiff) which I led on my last visit in 2009. They arrived back just in time to follow me up Pillar Arête (VDiff *) which was short but pleasant. I enjoyed the belay on top of the pillar, looking out over the Hope valley in the early evening sunshine.  We finished with the customary visit to a local pub where we compared notes about our deeds of the day and all sorts of other things.

 

Photo. Andy on Wall End Holly Tree Crack

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