/ Midges in the peaks in the next couple weeks

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shoo on 14 Jun 2012 - cpc15-dals15-2-0-cust321.hari.cable.virginmedia.com
How bad are the midges up there? Looking to possibly head there next weekend, don't feel like being in the insect equivalent of Hitchcock's Birds.
Sir Chasm - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: They'll be bad on the 23rd but the wind on the Sunday should help keep them away.
deepsoup - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo:
It'll be fine - the torrential rain will keep them off. ;o)
Ross.Cooper - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: I was eaten alive on tuesday at stanage, still itching :(
hang_about - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo:
Last Sunday on Stanage it was very still. However, midges didn't appear until about 3pm (then got bitten a lot). I think it was the gale force winds on Saturday blowing them miles away and it took them that long to fly back.
Forecast for this weekend is not good....
cragtyke - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: which peaks are you thinking of?
jimjimjim on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: these midge posts make me laugh...are you seriously that if someone on here says they are bad you wont go climbing?
Just get up here and get some routes done midge or no.
bz - on 14 Jun 2012
Yep if it is bad I won't go climbing because bad can be very bad...
Bulls Crack - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to bz:
> Yep if it is bad I won't go climbing because bad can be very bad...

Not exactly Hillary and Tenzing is it? ;-)
Gordon Stainforth - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to jimjimjim:
> (In reply to shoo) these midge posts make me laugh...are you seriously that if someone on here says they are bad you wont go climbing?
> Just get up here and get some routes done midge or no.

Have you seriously not yet experienced Peak midges at their worst? (They seem to have become a lot worse over the last decade.) Only lunatics still keep climbing. Once the midges get that bad you just have to keep moving, at c. 4 mph ... to the nearest pub.

EZ on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

I remember a day at the roaches a couple of years ago that we we're inhaling them on the lower tier. I now own a midge head net.
Gordon Stainforth - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Bulls Crack:
> (In reply to bz)
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> Not exactly Hillary and Tenzing is it? ;-)

Phew ... can you imagine what would have happened if there had been midges like those in the Peak, or worse, Skye, on the Hillary Step? Or not happened.

Gordon Stainforth - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to EZ:
> (In reply to Gordon Stainforth)
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> I remember a day at the roaches a couple of years ago that we we're inhaling them on the lower tier. I now own a midge head net.

I suppose if you're really keen you climb in that gear? What a wonderful image.
EZ on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

Yes mate. Just cover all of your skin and lock down the openings for them to get in and you're sorted.
jimjimjim on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth: Only once in over 12 years of regular peak climbing have i been midged off a crag. In that instance we just went on to some limestone away from the moors. Skye...now thay know how to do midges, still went out climbing though, hard as f**k my mob.
harold walmsley - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Bulls Crack:
What! Do they get up to the S Col?
Timmd on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo:

Burbage has always been okay in my experience, but perhaps i've always been lucky.

I can remember being amused at my brother frowning at being midged while I felt unbothered by them while at Burbage North once, I always seem to itch later when other people are swatting at them, I think mentally putting them to the background is handy maybe, I kind of know i'm being bitten but think about something else I think.

Burbage is nice, it's got to be worth the trip/risk, i've never been really badly midged there. (:-))

Maybe try starting a thread asking for good peak crags during the midge season?

Tim
Jimbo C - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Timmd:

Burbage was not OK on Tuesday, clouds of the buggers. However, we moved on to the Cowper Stone and it was midge free.
Natalie feather - on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/

Unfortunately still only available in Scotland!
EZ on 14 Jun 2012
In reply to Natalie feather:

Maybe they should devolve themselves and change their domain to http//2010.midgeforecast.co.scotland/
Offwidth - on 15 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo:

When the midges are out and you must climb grit you dont have to go to Stanage. Lots of stuff in the south off the Froggatt guide that are hardly ever midge affected.
Cake - on 15 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo:
You can't put Deet in your eyes, so they attack you there - at least, that's how it feels.

When it's midgey, go climb lime.
pebbles - on 15 Jun 2012
In reply to Cake: its a myth that the little bastards dont do limestone, I'v been badly midged at Peak Scar.
Si dH - on 15 Jun 2012
In reply to pebbles: depends on the crag. They mostly live in peat so crags around the moors are the worst. They also live in streams and lakes altho not as much as the peat moors. If you fimd a crag without water or peat next to it, in my experience youll be ok.
colinakmc - on 15 Jun 2012
In reply to shoo: Want some midges? I bet we could arrange a couple of lorry loads from Skye....
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shoo on 17 Jun 2012 - cpc15-dals15-2-0-cust321.hari.cable.virginmedia.com
Thanks! Mostly just trying to decide where to climb that will be relatively midgeless. Thinking some sea cliffing might be in order.

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