/ NEW DESTINATION ARTICLE: Slipstones
So what makes this exquisite outcrop such a desirable venue? Read on to find out more...
Nice article but is it not trashed enough already :-(
It's taken a real beating in the last 5 or 6 years since a slew of print articles held it up as the best thing since sliced bread. It was a 'best kept secret' for good reason.
I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was far from trashed. Yes it has certainly become more popular over the last 5 or 6 years but as long as people treat it with respect then I don't see any reason why we can't all enjoy it?
I find it pretty anoying that when a place is really nice it needs to be shouted from the rooftops, can't some places be saved for people prepared to make the effort to scout them out...
I'm being very negative here, I didn't post initially becase I felt if you've taken the effort write an article then that shouldn't be frowned upon... but slipstones is a bit special.
They are - which is why all the articles are about Slipstones, rather than ***** or *******
This is entirely the point. You've only been in the last year, 4 years ago it was in great nick, now its rapidly being trashed. This year is the first time I've had to take litter home from the place.
yeah, but what about *******?
Seriously though, if I remember correctly Slipstones was left out of one of the yorks grit bouldering for the very same reason.
I was there 3 weeks ago on what should have been the perfect afternoon out. I left with a heavy heart.
It is trashed... maybe not compared to the horrific sacrafical anodes of Almscliff and Stanage but it's nothing like it was a few years ago. There's muddy tracks everywhere through the heather where once there was one feint path, the landings are hollowed, bare and muddy, there's aggressively brushed scars on the rock, finger tape in the undergrowth. Since those articles appeared too many people have shown it too little respect.
I appreciate the urge to share info on nice venues but it's not without cost.
I would probably support such a conspiracy. It would be amazing to have such a superb crag known only to a few (now I've been and know how great it is).
I thought it overrated.
Quite; hardly worth 7 stars.
The landowner has been granted a dog restriction on the Open Access land at Jervaulx Moor for grouse breeding. This runs until 18/06/2010 and includes Slipstones and Brown Beck Crags.
Thanks Steve, I've now added this information to the article.
Whenever you write an article (or a guidebook!) someone will moan about wanting to keep the place quiet - wonder if "they" ever go anywhere else?
Slipstones can look 'trashed' in the winter, the paths are more visible and the soft ground suffers badly from the traffic.
You do know that you are one of the people 'trashing' the place!
> Whenever you write an article (or a guidebook!) someone will moan about wanting to keep the place quiet - wonder if "they" ever go anywhere else?
That's a touch patronising, Chris, when you don't know the climbing history of the people who are "moaning" as you call it.
Even minimal traffic has a lasting effect as the ground is so soft and everything you say about the feel of the place and litter is bang on but i do hope this article gets some one passing with a pad and a spare afternoon to turn off the A1,and get happy.
Nice little article about a nice little crag. It is a shame the debate has centred on the environmental issue. Unfortunately we do effect the micro environment wherever we climb its just a fact of life. But then we do that every time we go climbing, walking on the hills or drive to them. We can minimise the effects but not eradicate them and just not publishing articles about such a great crag will not stop the word spreading.
However, as bouldering gets even more popular then more and more venues seem to open up to spread the load. There are now 75 specialist bouldering crags featured on www.yorkshiregrit.com so if you visit them all next year you won't be spending too much time at Slipstones.
I don't think its a shame, I think its important that this debate takes place. Its a sign of the times that people need to be aware of the crag environment and the 'leave only footprints' mentality. True we all have an impact - just some more than others sadly...
As one of the people who developed Slipstones I would hate to see it damaged it was always a beautiful tranquil spot in the early eighties, well until Nick Dixon Steve Brown and Paul Ingham started arguing!!!
I think the 'leave only footprints' is an outmoded idea from before the days of the kind of crowds that trash places just by walking through them!
Can the parking issue be emphasised a bit more strongly though? There have been issues with pepole parking badly as it is very limited, and has caused tension with local residents in the past.
I'm fully aware of that Mick but at an average of one visit per year as a non-smoker who doesn't use fingertape and leaves my wirebrush in the car I don't honestly think I'm the worst culprit.
It was never secret and shouldn't be, it just saddens me to see the effect the increased popularity has had on the place over the last decade.
There are degrees of secrecy, are there not?
Slipstones has been in published guidebooks certainly since the 1985 "brown" North of England guide, and on the web in several places. This latest article says little that is not said elsewhere.
I don't think this article will make much difference: those of us who live near enough to visit on an afternoon or evening will continue so to do, occasionally people will visit for a day from further afield.
There are degrees of trashing, too: it is less trashed than Brimham (or, I guess, Almscliffe, although it is a long time since I was there), but certainly more trashed than when I first visited twenty years ago.
I didn't mean to steer this thread down a totally negative path. It is as I said in my first post a good article and I think people should go enjoy it, I just wish they'd tread a little lighter.
I guess I just have a soft spot for the place.
Again, I ask can the parking issues and limited parking be emphasised a bit more strongly in the article?
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