The trouble with climbing up is that, at the end of the climb, you need to get back down! Of course, there's always abseiling, but then you have to leave gear at the top, because there has to be something up there to rappel from!
With many climbs, there is a way round. This is so at Stanage. A walk will bring the climber to the gradually lowering end of the cliff and a scramble down to the bottom. The trouble is, the further along the cliff the chosen route, the longer the walk back round to the base.
Sometimes, there is a shortcut. This is the Stanage Popular shortcut. It's basically an easy climb back down to the bottom; what the lads would call a 'staircase'. No rope, no gear, just climb down from ledge to ledge to ledge to ground.
To put it in context, the staircase is to the left of the buttress; where the two people are working their way down.
When Ben and I first arrived, we met Mark and Ryan (his climb partner) up at the top. This was the route we took down. Well, I wasn't going to be the only one to walk the long way round now, was I!!!