The Perse School

Climbing Club Trip

18 Apr 2013

IMG_1598The Perse Climbing Club set off for a long weekend of climbing challenges in the Peak District. The group achieved some excellent boulder problems and challenging climbs, whilst battling the elements. Each day was different, one day it showered, the next the routes started on snow and the final day saw climbing in T-shirts. The team spirit shown during the trip was fantastic, everyone worked hard to motivate and encouraged each other throughout the whole weekend.

Jo Schroenburg, Year 8, has provided this student write up of the trip:

We set off on Friday morning with a quiet ride ahead. (This was because Lewis was in the van.)

Our first visit was to Stanage Plantation, a very popular bouldering site with many a route ranging from grades V2-V7. We IMG_1606really enjoyed our sunny time at Stanage, the routes were challenging but great fun.

The next day we headed off to Froggatt Edge and Curbar for some top, top roping. We arrived at the crag sweaty and muddy from the steep accent to the rock. However, the accent meant that there was a beautiful view and beautiful crag! We spent the rest of the day climbing cracks and attempting belly flopping onto ledges. We also made up our own very successful traversing route with the falls being cushioned by the snow.  The day was great fun and extremely sunny. (I even got sunburn on my nose.) The routes included 2 V Diffs, 3 HVS’s and an E1 which all proved great entertainment; especially Jamie’s adventurous dyno.  After a massive but really tasty meal at the pub we went back to the camp site for a well-deserved sleep.

IMG_1638Our last day was a visit to Cratcliff Tor for some more exciting bouldering. The area had some lovely jugs, heal hooks and plenty of slabs and cracks.  Although our hands were stinging, the love of the rock had kept us going for 3 days of climbing, banter and great fun. The climbing trip has taught us all to trust in each other more and enjoy the great English weather.

I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of all the people that when on the climbing trip, to Miss Pearson, Max Coney, Mrs Gardom and the lovely weather for making this trip possible.

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