Climbing Club ventures to the Peak District
The Perse’s Climbing Club left Cambridge last Friday for a weekend of climbing in the Peak District. Lower Sixth student, Aylwin Racher, shares his experiences of the first club trip of the year.
“The climbing club left for its first trip of the year, for a weekend of climbing and exploration in the Peak District, soon after school on a Friday. The club used the North Lees campsite underneath the renowned Stanage edge, a mecca for British climbing. From this base we were well positioned to hit the many and varied crags at the centre of British climbing in the peaks.
On the Saturday after an early breakfast, the group moved out to Gardom’s edge, a quiet 15m crag, for their day of climbing. The group had a mix of abilities and the routes were set to match this. We set up three ropes of varying difficulty, from pretty easy to fairly ridiculous, catering for both the complete novices and seasoned climbers in the group. After everyone had been tired out by climbing, the group moved to a spot close by with some fantastic boulders in situ. The group spent the next couple of hours bouldering; a form of climbing using portable mats, no ropes and small drops. This style of climbing allows for much harder moves, and many enjoyed the extra challenge provided.
As the light faded we trooped back to the vehicles and returned, nursing scraped hands, to the village of Hathersage, where we visited a fantastic outdoor gear supplier before enjoying a well deserved meal in Little John’s. Back at camp we savoured a quick hot chocolate before an early night, preparing ourselves for the next day of climbing. Following a speedy “strike of camp” (packing up the camp) the group moved to Burbage valley, and spent the morning climbing some classic routes on the crags where many British climbers have made their first steps on rock. Glorious sunshine was present as we scaled the rock, and the group revelled in the last rays of Peak District sun, before returning once again to Hathersage, having one last drink before the long drive home. The trip was a great chance for the club to advance their outdoor climbing skills and everyone had a great time.
Special thanks to Miss Pearson, Max Coney, and Jackie Dixon for organising the trip. We look forward to our next trip, a climbing extravaganza to the home of bouldering, Fontainbleu, France.”