I left the south to live up north (by English standards anyway) for just that reason. Life is way better here (IMO of course) for a number of reasons, the landscape and recreational opportunities being major factors.
Where's the best place in the peak to aim for for tomorrow do you all think?
The forecast I like says some rain (3mm ish) tomorrow morning and cloudy tomorrow afternoon.
Where would you go hoping to climb?
We went to Birchen last Saturday and, despite a good forecast, found it raining when we arrived. We did a few easy routes after it stopped raining and then went to the wall, even though it was drying by the pm (we'd had enough of the cold/damp conditions by then). So you might be ok if it dries quickly (for which you want a generally exposed crag) but it is likely to be a bit miserable. Personally, if you do want to go to the bother, I'd suggest waiting until it is starting to dry before going to the crag rather than hang around getting cold and wet.
This is the second time it's happened to me out of two visits to the Peak (ie. decent forecasts gone wrong) so I'm not feeling particularly positive about your chances this weekend.
Nothing will be doable tomorrow. Lots will be damp on sunday, if it doesn't rain and make it wet. I'd probably head to somewhere exposed and quick drying - Stanage. I expect the kind of horrible cold, damp day where everything feels impossible.
I've had few days out since new year on a few different crags and while i have had some good days climbing, the grit has been getting slowly more and more damp and lichenous. I've only climbed on days with no rain and decent sunshine. I'd sack off tomorrow but if you must climb sunday I'd say froggatt is a good bet.
I don't want to "dampen" your spirits but everywhere is pretty damp and the ground is sodden. I was out at Edale yesterday and it's all pretty wet.
With Saturdays forecast and already wet rock/ground I wouldn't drive up. If you're prepared to drive around a bit you might find the odd thing dry.
Sunday looking better but still tough one to call.
I'll probably drive out on Sunday and have a look but wouldn't be surprised if we ended up indoors.
Three quarters of New Mills Torrs was dry today,after 4 days extensive rain.4 hvs's were dry and several e1's and e2's.Mather Crack is a classic and stays dry in the worst of weather.Usually the worst on Mather is the top 2 feet get wet,but that bit is only vs.
Honcho and Bionics were dry,as was the full crag traverse.
To all the thread, We went, we looked about and on Sunday afternoon we climbed a bit. Some sightseeing of the famous problems and routes whist it was wet and then a little bouldering at Froggat before lunch on Sunday and an afternoon at Stanage. Met some nice bouldering dudes towards sunset and a drive back.
Was it worth it? Yes, would I do it again? depends if I could save it for a weekend or two with a better forecast.
You pays your money and takes your chances.
No idea, the weather was due to be rubish everywhere. I was newly able to access a hut in the Peak and had heard about Stanage drying very quickly and it's a reasonably (if expensive) easy journey so that decided it. Plus I was also happy to wander around orienting myself and 'sightseeing' things like London Wall, Master's Edge, The Unconquerables (one of which conquered me) Strapadictomy and stuff.
The top bit of Mather Crack might be VS in isolation but approaching the end of one of the biggest E1 pump fests in the peak you wouldn't want to find wet holds. You're speaking as a sandbagger breezing these grades and familiar with the route... naughty Mitch.
I agree New Mils Torrs can be a great winter venue and in the end if its the only place dry in the Peak (which it has been at times) it's then the best lead venue in the peak.
You have my sympathy, but although it wasn't perfect at least you got some climbing done and had a good look around.
If I had a pound for everytime I'd had a day like that (I used to live in Sutton) I reckon I'd have £67
400 mile round trips and ending up at the works does get tedious.
There are always other options if you're super keen and prepared to do some esoteric limestone bouldering or some wet weather easy stuff. Wether it's worth driving from Essex or not is up to you, but Jon Stewart'll be along soon to say they're not even worth the bother from Sheffield
Ukbouldering also has a particularly active conditions report thread which is always worth following.