/ Swanage stake bashing dates
Many of the old stakes are very rusty and need replacing fairly urgently.
I have new the stakes (80 of them; but they need beating into the cliff-top, this is brutal, hard work-hence the short sessions (and you have a chance too climb once the sun has warmed the cliff).
Gloves, safety glasses, coffee and buns will be provided. Some sledge hammers will be provided, if you have one please bring it along BUT only if it is in excess of 10lbs, lighter 7lb hammers don't have any impact on these beasts. Ideally bring a couple of prop forwards, the average climber is too leanly built to swing the big hammer for long-be warned.
There will be some loppers provided to cut scrub around the stakes for those too lightly built for hammering.
Please let me know if you can come via my UKC mail
Thanks in anticipation
I'm assuming the rendezvous is the centre at Durlston?
Meet in the Durlston centre carpark nearest to the road to the lighthouse.
Hi Scott - I'll weigh my sledgehammer, but should be there either way on the 31st.
I should be able to make it, but will confirm later in the week.
sorry we cant make this sunday. i'm recovering from surgery and Neal is working. hope the day goes well and the weather is kind to you
Thanks for arranging this. Unfortunately I can't make either date now, if a third date gets added then I'll do my best!
Just to confirm I will be there.
Repeat request for anyone coming from London to share costs.
A succesful day on Sunday with 15 new stakes placed, 4 hammers broken (!) and several rusting antiques removed; some easily and some with a struggle (you just cant tell)
My thanks to :-
who all turned out on an unpromising day and hammered to exhaustion-and then were brave enough to come to St Aldhelm's Head with me.
Boulder Ruckle East has now been done, on the 14 Nov we will be working on the Finale Groove-Sillhouette Arete area. Further dates will be arranged for 2011.
Photo link to follow when moderated.
See you on the 14th!
The event is still planned to happen on the 14th, definitely is a harder thing to commit to-if the weather is as it was on Wed then I will be at home!
The default position is that the event will happen. I will post here if the forecast is too horrendous.
In reply to all
Thanks to the BMC Crag Care Fund I now have some new sledge hammers (and new handles for the broken ones) so no need to bring your own.
I will be baking some Dorset apple cake tonight.
Hi Scott, thanks for (superbly) organising the last do. There's something oddly satisfying about seeing those stakes going in and knowing that they'll be peoples' salvation for decades. I'll be along this Sunday unless you say otherwise.
Meet at the Durlston Country Park car park, in the SW corner at 9am Sun 14th Nov.
Gloves, safety glasses, coffee and buns will be provided.
Many thanks to all who braved an indifferent day (that turned from light drizzle to persistent rain) and knocked in a further 13 stakes. We finished early because of the weather-some wanted to carry on!
and the family from Reading
Boulder Ruckle West is next on the programme, probably in Feb 2011.
The way my arms feel now, I'm pleased we stopped when we did.
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