UK Rock Climbing

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It’s been a great spring for rock climbing in the UK – April was amazing and although it’s been a bit chilly in May there’s still been some good sport, between the wind and snow… mad weather! I’ve been working all over the UK and here are a few highlights: top days at Gogarth and Millstone Edge with Dan including some real classics eg The Strand and Time for Tea, a great day at Gimmer Crag in the Lakes with Matt,  Peak District classics on Froggatt and Stanage with Nik, and the Old Man of Hoy – Sea Stack Climbing with Margaret just last week. Orkney saw its first May snow in over 35 years (according to locals): it was a real battle dealing with sandy rock, 6 degree temps and 2 fierce snow squalls right down to seas level. Climbing the Old Man is always an all round test of mountaineering as well as rock climbing skill – route finding, potentially tricky descent, exposed approach, and very remote – but this was just crazy! Good effort to Margaret!

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The Old Man of Hoy - quite pokey a snowstorm!