/ Gritstone - How bad are the midgies right now?
Thinking of going to the Eastern edges this weekend and the weather forecast is Easterly and of course nearly all the crags face west so will be sheltered!
As a subpoint which crags are best to get away from the mdigies for an Easterly wind? (I'd be prepared to go Eastern or Western Peak)
were you out around dawn / dusk?
bit late in the year for them now. none at Millstone on Sunday in slightly humid conditions.
This time last year we were eaten alive at Burbage North and fled after a couple of routes. This year doesn't seem to have been as bad though.
erm, no the really tall people :-/
Certainly in Scotland I found that the midgies can often still be pretty bad in september, often until the first frosts arrive.
Really bad at Windgather last night.
Lots at stanage end last night but none at millstone.
well from my perspective I generally don't climb on grit if I think its going to be midgie, its over 200 miles from where I live and there are so many other places to go with little or no midges. I guess what with you being local you just grin and bare it but I prefer not to.
If you get there and it's midgy, just decamp to the nearest limestone crag instead, where you can happily get bitten by mosquitoes instead (but at least they don't start to itch until the next day).
thanks for the advice but I've been climbing all over the UK quite long enough to make my own mind up about acceptable midge numbers. I've been chased off grit crags on many more than one occasion and had plenty of other grit trips that would have been a lot more enjoyable going elsewhere because of the wee beasties.
> thanks for the advice but I've been climbing all over the UK quite long enough to make my own mind up about acceptable midge numbers.
So why are you asking?
So I can make my own mind up based on the experiences of people that have recently climbed on grit (regarding midge numbers), if I want to go to the Peak district to climb on grit this weekend.
What I don't need is people telling me that however bad the midgies are its worth going up to the peak district, I'm quite capable of making that decision for myself ta.
>you just grin and bare it
A most unwise method.
Burbage tonight: warm, still...and midgy.
Not as in August levels, but they pissed me off and I left the crag early.
Was just leaving Burbage at 5ish when they started emerging. Otherwise, fantastic conditions at North all day.
> >you just grin and bare it
> A most unwise method.
Haha. Took me a while...
Looks like we are going up, I'll pack the midge net and repellent but sounds like there is a good chance I won't need either on the eastern edges.
I'm sure you'll be happily leading some E3 next to me as I rush up my VS and then run off the crag chased by a solitary midge ;)
if your used to scottish midges then the peak rarely competes. evenings at stanage is the only time I've had an issue.
winds swirl so if there is any blow you'll be fine I think your over analysing
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