Staffordshire 'Nose' Speed Record Broken

Is this the Huber Brothers in Yosemite, or Turner and Bridgwood in Staffordshire??  © Dave Hudson
Is this the Huber Brothers in Yosemite, or Turner and Bridgwood in Staffordshire??
© Dave Hudson

Pete Bridgwood and Andi Turner have just managed to successfully complete the Staffordshire Grit Challenge; 'Brown-Whillans Day Out'. In doing so they also broke the record set by Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker. (UKC News Report

Setting off early to avoid the heat, the pair chased the shade starting at the Roaches and climbing the first 15 routes there in 3 hours and 14 minutes. They then headed on to Hen Cloud, climbing the next 9 routes, bringing them up to 6 hours 3 minutes. Finally they headed to Ramshaw to climb the final 6 routes, finishing them in 7 hours 31 minutes altogether. They then realised that Pete and Tom had included Ramshaw Crack, completing the challenge in 9 hours and 56 minutes. So Andy and Pete had a short break and then climbed Ramshaw Crack, finishing all the routes in 8 hours and 41 minutes, cutting 1 hour and 15 minutes off Pete and Tom's time.

Andi commented on the day:

"A really amazing day, totally shagged now, Pete would have hung around for another pint, but his bees had swarmed so he had to get back for that. He said he expected at least ten bee stings getting them back into a hive, what a way for him to finish an already very sore day!"

The routes are:

Ramshaw:

  • Ramshaw Crack
  • Don's Crack
  • Prostration
  • Brown's Crack
  • The Crank
  • Masochism
  • Great Zawn

Roaches:

Andi and Pete soloing Rhodren at the Roaches  © Dave Hudson
Andi and Pete soloing Rhodren at the Roaches
© Dave Hudson

  • Choka
  • Rhodren
  • The Bulger
  • The Mincer
  • Matinee
  • Valkyrie Direct
  • Crack of Gloom
  • Dorothy's Dilemma
  • Teck Crack
  • Ackit
  • Lightning Crack
  • Slippery Jim
  • The SLoth
  • Sauls's Crack
  • Aqua

Hen Cloud:

  • Bachelor's Climb (Left Hand Finish)
  • Bachelor's Left-Hand
  • Hen Cloud Eliminate
  • Second's Retreat
  • Slimline
  • Reunion Crack
  • Delstree
  • Main Crack
  • En Rappel

If you fancy a crack at this list then you can subscibe to the ticklist in the UKC Logbooks.

Pete Bridgwood topping out on the final route of The Nose challenge in 2013, Ramshaw Crack, E4 6a  © Dave Hudson
Pete Bridgwood topping out on the final route of The Nose challenge in 2013, Ramshaw Crack, E4 6a
© Dave Hudson
Turner and Bridgwood 'pound fists' upon finishing the Brown - Whillans Staffs 'Day Out'  © Dave Hudson
Turner and Bridgwood 'pound fists' upon finishing the Brown - Whillans Staffs 'Day Out'
© Dave Hudson

Andi Turner is sponsored by: Boreal, The Climbing Factory and Finger Buzz


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24 Jul, 2013
he would have stayed for another pint but his bee's had swarmed! WTF! Ohh, good effort JJ
24 Jul, 2013
Could the grades of the routes be included in the article?
24 Jul, 2013
I can help you with that - they're all gritstone HVS, except Ramshaw crack, which is a bit harder. It'd be more interested in knowing which routes required a rope. RC, by the look of it. Certainly sounds like a fun day out. I'd be guessing TR and PW could make mincemeat of that time if this gets competitive, but perhaps time will tell. jcm
24 Jul, 2013
Yes, I'm sure these routes are - individually - a bit of a cakewalk for these boys, still must be more than a bit scary soloing stuff like Matinee & Bachelor's Left Hand, especially when tired?
24 Jul, 2013
Bar a couple of VS's and E1's (was HVS in my day!) that's pretty much the flavour of the grades. Crack of Gloom is a hard E2 though, and the crux of the non Ramshaw Crack day. We didn't solo many, at least not ones which would be normal solos on any other day. But we still soloed Aqua, Lightning Crack, The Bulger, Rhodren and The Crank. I've never soloed the likes of Matinee, Crack of Gloom or Delstree. It's not always a lot quicker, you still need space between you and can be a little more hesitant I find. To make the time quicker, you'd need to run/abseil between routes or go gung-ho soloing. We averaged 15 minutes per route for the first 30 routes, which includes both of us climbing, getting between routes/crags/ hydrating etc. and so were probably only spending 3-4 minutes each per route.
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