/ Advice about removing a loose block (Causey Quarry)
I was looking at this today and it only needs a swift kick for it to be removed. I guess that'll change the grade of the climb but I can't see anyone using it as part of the route now anyway. It would be a very brave person to stand/climb beneath it as it hangs now to be honest.
What is the best thing to do in this situation? I'm happy to remove the block next time I am there but don't want to upset anyone. I think it's pretty clear that no one will be using it as a hold and I'm sure many are avoiding the whole climb until it has fallen.
There are also a lot of kids/families/drunks who play around at the bottom of the quarry as it is on a public footpath to the tourist attraction of Causey Arch. I'd hate for it to fall on one of them.
It'll change the route a bit, but it will also open it back up to be climbed and make it safer for everyone.
Has it got significantly worse? It was always loose & wobbly when I've climbed there - this was a few years ago.
Nobody objected to the view of "trundle the bugger" a quote which I have remembered for the past 4 years.
I have never got round to shifting it, I think it would be quite tricky to remove safely, you would have to be above it and reaching down to free it to make sure it didn't kill you when it came out. I would say if you can get it out it's obviously dangerous, if you can't then no harm done.
Either way you are doing everyone a favour by trying - just stay safe.
No way I'm climbing or standing beneath it.
I can't see it taking much to remove it but will make sure I do remove it rather than just making it a bit worse and more dangerous.
Christ, you wouldn't want that hitting you on the way down
I remember when I was up in Isle of Skye on Sron na Ciche last summer - the year after the big rock fall up there in 2011. Most of the loose rock had been cleared but going up Cioch Direct I went to pull on a rock realising after it started to move that it was a boulder about the size of my torso balanced on an A5 sized ledge. Call down to the belayer about 10m below was "if I shout rock, I don't mean some little pebbles scattering down, I mean ROCK"
It didn't take a lot to move it. Every wobble up and down released more and more debris before it finally just fell out. I think a couple more climbers pulling up on it or some persistent heavy rain would have been enough to release it.
I leave it for someone else to climb and re-grade it if needed :) I think possibly one grade higher as you've lost a good pull-up and been left with a crack under an overhang now, but I never climbed it before the blcok was removed so don't know.
The next NE BMC meeting is on 6th June. If you have any issues removing it, or have second thoughts about your course of action you could wait and raise it then.
Pics here (and yes, we cleared the ropes to the side before I touched the block):
BLOCK (measured 12"x18"x8" so it's staying where it is!): http://sdrv.ms/11XOzvh
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