/ Denham Quarry damaged again
This year its about more damage done at Denham by a bunch of fools wanting to make the Overhang area into a giant traversing wall. They have done some serious chipping on the wall just below Funny Farm and seemed extremely proud of themselves and their achievements of destruction.
Images are here:
To top it off they then decide its a good idea to laugh at my wife and take the p*ss out of her as she is stuck halfway up a solo and too scared to move.
All I can say is what a great bunch of guys they are.
No pictures of the culprits then?
Unfortunately I was in too much of a hurry to get to the top to drop a rope down to the mrs to stop and take pictures of the culprits.
I can tell you what they drive if you like? Not the reg numbers but the model & colour.
Yes, why not. The more info the better so folk may be able to recognise them.
Well two vehicles, the first was a white Ford Transit with a flat bed.
The second vehicle was a Nissan Micra (03-10 model) in Silver with a very light blue tint, the vehicle had steel wheels and only 3 hub caps.
The tools of the damage were what appeared to be a brick bolster chisel and a large rubber mallet.
I haven't made it to Denham yet this year, as I've been spending most of my time at Anglezarke. Oddly, people camped there on Friday night. It's not the first time, but I could think of better places than a hole in the ground especially in this cold weather. I haven't seen any damage there so far this year.
You know I can't shake the feeling that by use of a rubber mallet was intentional to dull down any hammering noise and quell any interest while it was going on. A lump hammer would of course have been a far more suitable tool for the job. If this is the case, it can only back up a theory that these people knew exactly what they were doing.
I was there Friday afternoon and saw a couple of transit style flatbed vans as I drove away. One came in the car park as I was packing up, the other 2 were just driving along Holt Ln, so can't be sure they were headed to Denham.
I thought it was odd there were so many around, but figured they were just tradesmen using the car park for a quiet afternoon brew (which these ones may well have been doing)! Didn't pay too much attention if I'm honest, so can't remember the colour.
I didn't go down to the overhangs either, so didn't see this whether any of this had already been started. But what I really don't get, is if they want what is essentially a manufactured climbing wall, why don't they go to a climbing wall or find some wall with appropriate brickwork? I may make a point of going more often now.
There was always plenty of low level traversing to be had under the overhangs even for an old bumbly like me. Such blatant vandalism is a total nonsense. OK there were a couple of blankish sections that most mortals would find nigh on impossible to cross -- so what's wrong with doing as I did and stepping down and walking past that which you're not good enough to climb -- or learning how to get past them - though it may involve moving up a bit higher than your comfort zone or common sense dictates that you should go!
What next -- turn 'Mohammed' into a juggy V Diff?
Well that's sodding annoying. There is a good 7A+ straight up problem on that wall, with a 7B sitter. Looks like they've probably wrecked it. Idiots.
Yes, I'd be in favour of filling it in. I have a vid somewhere of how the wall used to look - I think there might have been tiny edges there that they have enlarged.
Would it last or would it need redoing after every harsh winter? If the latter I'd say don't bother. Would some resin based stuff be better than cement?
I hope this doesn't become commonplace. Repair this and they go chip the f*ck out Brownstones or something.
It's going to end in a full on war.
> Would it last or would it need redoing after every harsh winter? If the latter I'd say don't bother. Would some resin based stuff be better than cement?
From what I've heard, resin based stuff works pretty well, mixed with a bit of grit from a local rock to make it look more natural.
I think it would at least send a message that people do not approve. That might be enough to discourage future chipping.
This orm of wilful destruction definitely needs restoration work. So a big yes to filling in.
If you leave them as they are we are saying its ok get on with chipping it does not matter, on the other hand if they are filled we are telling tese maurons it is unacceptable and if you do this we will only rectify the damage you have done.
Hope these people are caught and taught the errors of their ways!!!!
We also tried to do a clear up throughout the day of the pool area (8bin bags worth)
In one way the great access to many roadside accessible places we have in the northwest also comes with people who dispose of so much crap and rubbish. Let alone these pricks destroying routes.
Rather than chip just get stronger and better!!
That's great news about the repairs and just as good about the rubbish.
Thank you both to the person doing the repairs and you for clearing up.
I didn't notice any other recent chipping, but neglected to look at the melancholic wall. As for the pool traverse, this must be one of the most abused pieces of rock in the UK, seemingly constantly at risk from fire, grafitti, and sand blasting. That said, I didn't notice any recent chipping on it.
Apoligies for teaching you to suck eggs if you have already done this but there are some great products on this site...
Well done Mark!
Just been to Denham and the repairs look pretty good. I can't remember exactly how it was before but it looks far better now.
Unfortunately the new bolts alluded to in this thread, http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=546300, do exist. One is the replacement for the old bolt on Flick of the Wrist, E2, but the second is on the same line but well below the break.
I've just been out for a closer look with guide book in hand and although there are two new bolts they both seem to be to replace old rusty bolts.
The old one above the overhang has been removed and replaced. The second one below the overhang is about a foot to the left of the new one.
I never noticed the old bolt below the overhang before, you can tell I don't climb that hard.
The marks around the corner appeared about the time I posted last year about the dry tooling. I'm actually surprised to realise I haven't mentioned those before I see them at least once a week.
The top bolt looks like its a replacement and is seated off to the side, if I get the chance this evening I'll ab down and take a picture.
The lower bolt is in addition to the old one, its on a different rock face. Again I will try and get a close up picture later.
Read up for links to chipping and bolt photos.
Never been as I live over in Bradford but from your descriptions you make Baildon Bank seem like Stanage in comparison! Good luck with the pest control.
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