/ Acceptable limestone bouldering in the Peak
Are there any reasonable venues in the Peak for having a decent training-type bouldering session, in the lower/mid grades (up to V5)? I know Stoney and Rubicon (and that everything at Raven Tor is hard), but I thought a few other places have been opened up over the past few years?
Somewhere that's pleasant and fairly convenient with a reasonable quantity of stuff to go at is all that's needed. I'm not expecting good problems - this is Peak limestone! Just somewhere to go and have a productive session.
I'll bump this as I'm interested too.
I'll throw in Rheinstor, but you probably knew that. Great traversing and problems up to the break. There's also some decent problems in Blackwell Dale, don't be put off as there is mid range stuff among the hard lines.
There was also some action to be had in Chee Dale, I remember doing stuff on Rhubarb Butress, and also Max Wall.
I'll be interested to see what else turns up...
Certainly lower end but there is loads of stuff around harborough rocks that could be bouldered.
There are a few nice problems at Raven Tor in the font 6b-6c range, though they are steep
Have a trawl though peakbouldering.info
There's some worthwhile stuff at Tideswell Dale
Few bits on the Wave wall at Anston and Apprentice Wall is a quality V5.
Conies Dale has a load of good (soft) V6s in a superb setting. Steep but good holds. Not very convinient but good for a summers evening en route to Wales.
Minus Ten is still the best though ;)
Get to Minus 10, cant go wrong.
Get a copy of 'High Over Buxton' bouldering guide. Lots of limestone in that- Grinlow Hill, High Edge, Deepdale etc. Got my copy from Jo Royles in Buxton.
Anywhere but Minus Ten. It's polished to hell and has more chalk than the white cliffs of Dover. Please leave it alone.
Cheers. I'd forgotten about Rheinstor, never done the problems and it's tremendously pleasant there.
Anston - that's pretty leftfield. I was born there actually (not at the crag, never knew such a thing existed). Don't think I'll risk it tbh, although I'm sure it is among the better crags in the Rotherham area. Will certainly try Tideswell. I was waiting for some kind of personal recommendation before exploring the riskiest corners of peakbouldering.info.
Interesting. Although I'm not certain my interest in limestone bouldering will have sufficient longevity to justify finding an obscure guidebook!
He missed the first word in the thread title.
The polish is fine once you get used to it and its perfect for training.
It's the worst crag I've ever been to.
I think once you accept that it can't get any worse then you start to enjoy it! Decent chippy too
Trouble is, it costs a few quid in petrol to get there and right outside my house are two perfectly good artificial concrete boulders. The newer one's ace, I've actually only been on it a couple of times...
That's just reminded me, add Broomgrove Road Wall to your list. Perfect crimpy training
Oh yes. That reminded me about the wall in the Park which I used to walk past on the way to school in the late 80s...and inevitably I found this!
I was thinking "Rheinstor" the whole time I read your question. I'd say it's definitely the right call.
Don't discount Anston, it's really, very good, and Raven Tor has a fair bit at amenable grades.
Have you tried Weedkiller Traverse? It's harder than V5 but I reckon it's right up your street and it's not a bum scraper. Good moves on good holds, with a little bit of length to it so you could use it for training.
Have you been to the Churnet? It's not limestone and it's not local enough to use for training but it's very good bouldering that makes a nice change from the usual spots.
I've got a soft spot for toms roof at Stoney too but you'll probably tell me you hate it.
Manor Park at Gogarth is named after Manor Park Wall in Glossop where the Glossop lads (Regan, Moran etc) used to train.
It's not the best crag around, but Minus 10 wall is superb for building crimp strength. Jerry, Ben, Kirton et al knew what they were doing.
Given the wild westerly winds this year, it's been nice and sheltered too.
I did, as I was spending a fair amount of last summer in Buxton.
Went to the Roaches.
Drove past the other day, looks like there's building work going on. Maybe another piece of history disappearing
pleasley vale? fitness traverses!
not in peak but very close
I think it was more a case of they didn't have anywhere else to go. Once they started using indoor boards to train on Minus Ten quickly fell out of favour. Best training there was probably Jerry's bachar ladder suspended from the top of Wee Doris.
By today's standards Minus Ten is surely a sh*t place to train. Vertical, polished limestone - all of the problems are eliminates, of historical interest only I'd have thought.
It's 2014, not 1984! Still, nice to hear the place still has it's devotees!
Interesting, that this little wall is the most used part of Stoney, and while the rest of the crag sees little traffic, there's a lot of training goes on on Minus 10. I was amazed to find out about a regular large Friday evening team of young (30 yrs+ younger than me!) who are devoted to the place.
On a serious note, when there are bitter Westerlies making Eastern Grit difficult to climb on, it's pretty sheltered, and the polished footholds do wonders for crimp strength.
High Over Buxton gives grit as well as limestone problems a man as keen as you should be at least thinking about it. Ditto for the Huddersfield guide.
Seconded. I got a copy and found a fair amount to do in some very pleasant surroundings. Some of the problems are quite highball though
Just been past this, looks kind of ok, some signs of chalk but in need of a clean. It's no terrace wall though...
Interesting! In fact, when I'm working at Crystal Peaks, it could be a possible after venue. I'd never have known about it were it not for this thread.
Might try one day. Could probably head somewhere quiet and have a nicer time though.
Been but not really done much climbing. It's bloody miles to go for bouldering, especially of the traverses or jump-off ilk.
Not tried. Sounds shit.
Just to add that while I'm too busy to go exploring, the Sheaf boulder is proving an awesome training facility for steep and fingery strength stuff. Have thanked Al W for his brilliant creation.
I've got a few mates who swear by Anston. Nettles can be a problem though in parts. Presley is well worth a visit if you have never been.
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