|Me, climbing sideways on "Rubber Band", route 9 of 24.|
I've spent a fair bit of time at Stanage over the last year; I was always a bit sniffy about gritstone previously. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with it, but there are lots of British (well, English) climbers who don't seem to see much past it. Grit climbing is great, but if you start your climbing in a non-gritty area of the UK, you can see there are lots of other types of British rock and British climbing. Yet, for Sheffield residents it IS just very convenient. 20, 25 minutes in the car and you have thousands of routes, at all grades, many with real historical resonance too. And so I've been going lots, and as a result getting lots of routes climbed. Of all the grit crags, Stanage is the most impressive. It is so popular and well known, it's almost a cliche; but when you stand on the top of cliffs at "Popular End" and watching the edge sweep away northwards - about 6 kms, not unbroken but pretty consistent cliffs along that stretch - it really is one of the most impressive sights in England. But it is not the Alps though, or the high mountains of the Norwegian Arctic. Few of Stanage's rock climbs reach 20 mtrs in height. If you want to have a BIG day out climbing, you are going to have to climb a LOT of routes.
|Stanage Popular End, on a nicer afternoon.|
|Route 13, Mississippi Buttress Direct|
|Route 14, Louisiana Rib|
|Stanage on a nicer afternoon, a couple of weeks ago.|
|First rain, hiding under "the Punk"|
|Tony, the offwidth master, taming Wall Buttress, Route 21.|
|Soggy climber bailing|
Fancy giving it a go? The list of routes is here on UKClimbing.