Once this weather passes I'll be heading up Kinder way from Hayfield with a good friend who is 70 and used to be into his climbing and mountaineering.
Looking for some advice on routes between mod and VD to get him back into it. He's pretty fit. Couple of years ago we flew up little cham but he hasn't touched rock since due to illness.
Any suggestions from the UKC hive would be much appreciated.
Zig Zag is the classic easy route of the Amphitheatre
and of course there's always the Downfall Climb itself if you want a real adventure (think outdoor caving!)
Personally my day out would go like this:
Walk in up the Kinder river
Grade 3 scramble of Arpeggio Gully
Walk around and down climb the chimney of Square Chimney Exit (or set up an abseil if preferred)
Zig Zag VDiff
Chockstone Chimney VDiff
Professors Chimney Diff (or direct, VDiff)
Downfall Climb Mod (if it’s dry enough)
or walk along to Upper Western Buttress:
South Wall VDiff
Spike Chimney Diff
..or all of them if you’re going well
Then a nice easy walk back down Sandy Heys, or William Clough for a well earned pint back in Hayfield!
Unfortunately alot if the climbs around the downfall are restricted currently due to nesting birds. the Regional Access Database (RAD) has more information.
Given the good weather has ended and the bird bans maybe try the southern edges. Start at Edale Cross Rocks Cross where everything is low grade, Upper Edale Rocks next door has two 2 star VDs (Traverse and Crack and Bending Crack). If things go well the severe Morrison's Route on the Pagoda is doable (more bold than hard). Then maybe go for a walk via Kinder Low to The Downfall or pick and mix starred routes on crags further west.
Have a look at 'over the moors' climbing guide book.
Also worth taking a look at crowden clough as a walk in, follow the river all the way up.
Does it have to be Kinder for his first outing? Windgather is not far away and might be a gentler reintroduction for someone returning after illness, before moving on to Kinder on a subsequent day out.
If things are going well and he is ready to up his game on Kinder, Mermaids Ridge is also a lovely route.
Hope you both have a great time. Kinder is a very special place to climb.