/ Brimham Rocks Car Park - Locked in!
Thanks for the info!
Maybe worth contacting the BMC access rep - since they've spent much of the last 10 years closing most of the free roadside parking, this is effectively preventing evening climbing at Brimham.
A closure time of 6pm is ridiculous! It always used to be sunset or shortly afterwards, and they'd check the main climbing areas before locking up.
Maybe they could play the theme tune from The Great Escape over a tannoy system about 15 mins before they lock the gates?
According to the web site it still is:
[Personally, I'll just avoid Brimham because I can't climb any of the routes there, they're all horrible.]
I suspect the warden maybe isn't living on site anymore.
Interesting, there was definitely a laminated signed pinned to the barrier saying it'd be closed at 6 pm on Saturday. However, as my previous visit was about a decade ago, I can't say if it's usually there or not!
which is fine until it fills up - which won't take long if the main car park is closed.
there's always a sign there, but it was previously set to a sensible time. It was 6pm last week, we assumed they'd forgotten to change it!
There was no way we could have parked at the side of the road on Saturday; it was just too busy and it's a longish drive to get there. Anyway, I thought it was worth a word of warning.
What's up with the routes at Brimham Jon?
> What's up with the routes at Brimham Jon?
Seems to offer mainly dirty offwidths with dirty elephant's arse top-outs, which are great if you like that kind of thing. If a route looks like it might be OK, when you get there it's got no gear, is a complete sandbag and has inches of crud all over it. In my limited experience.
Fair enough. It was the first place I climbed outside, and then the first place I led anything. I guess I'm used to it. I don't mind the long run-outs but I now find polished limestone really intimidating. I did long for some nice solid crimps when we were at Brimham on Saturday though.
> I don't mind the long run-outs...
It's not so much the length of the run-outs, but the shortness of the routes that is my concern...a less than idea combination!
> Seems to offer mainly dirty offwidths with dirty elephant's arse top-outs, ...If a route looks like it might be OK, when you get there it's got no gear, is a complete sandbag and has inches of crud all over it. In my limited experience.
your experience is way too limited. There are some routes like you describe at brimham (as at most places), there are also well protected three star classics by the bagful. try the "12 quality VS climbs at Brimham" ukc ticklist l for 12 of the best (and well protected) VS routes at brimham. (sorry, for some reason ukc doesnt let me post the link) . If you find any crud on them I will be very surprised.
I emailed the national trust and the bmc yesterday. No reply from either yet.
"Thank you for your message. Im sorry, this was an oversight by us in not changing the sign with the lengthening days. The policy remains the same as in previous years, at dusk, which as you say is 8pm at the moment. I apologise for the confusion or inconvenience this may have caused you.
I hope we have some lovely summer evenings ahead so you can enjoy the Rocks after work !
So if people have been locked in earlier than this, it might be an idea for them to write to the NT and let them know
I'm obviously easier to ignore than you are ;-)
Cheers guys. I'll get my complaining head on tomorrow.
Email just sent.
Received a reply apologising that we were locked in, and stating that my email has been passed to the property for attention. I wonder if they had a good laugh in the office...
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