Saturday, 2 June 2012

Going direct

Stanage Edge was very popular last Saturday. Wherever I looked, there were bodies scaling rock; little children in full body harnesses, athletic young men climbing without ropes, seasoned crag rats, comfortable in their abilities, beginners working out the next move.

In spite of the busy-ness, everyone was cheerful and helpful and there was very little waiting for a turn. Partly, this is because Stanage has so many routes on offer; partly because the four climbers in our group were only looking at the harder stuff.

Highlight of the day were the 'directs'.

First up, Flying Buttress Direct, HVS 5b

a bold route, highly rated and tackled well by both Alex... 

and Mark.

Followed by Tippler Direct, E3 6a

Completed by both Rhys

and Ben.

All in all, a lovely day :)


  1. What a beautiful rocky place to visit and climb.
    Every angle of the rock hillside is just amazing.
    The photos of Flying Buttress with Alex and Mark and then Tippler with Rhys and Ben... amazing !
    I know they had safety line attached but... I still had my heart in my mouth.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Have you ever thought of taking up climbing yourself Helen? A sort of ' If you can't beat 'em join 'em' idea.

  3. Magnificent! :) looks like it takes a lot of determination to climb some of those directs.

  4. Holy Schmoly! Great rocks. I'm going to have to send my Amazing Aunt Risky to your blog. She's got money and is always looking for new rocks to climb!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    P.S Award for you at my place. Don't know if you love or hate them, but feel free to ignore. At least it's a link to here for you. And I'll never stop loving your photography. Even though looking at some of those hard routes gives me the willies...

  5. My heart is in my throat just looking at these pictures. Yikes.