Newsletter – October 2019

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Tip of the Month

If you are on a multi-pitch climb and arrive at an obvious belay stance to find that the anchors are not really satisfactory, here is a way to improve the overall security of the belay.

First, place whatever gear is necessary to use the anchors that are immediately available on the belay stance/ledge. Then link these together, perhaps by using an equalised sling, and use the whole set-up as a runner so that you climb further up the route above the belay stance.

Find some better gear placements that would have been out of reach from the belay stance then return to the stance and continue to build your main belay incorporating these higher, better anchors into the system.

Fact of the Month

The most numerous and widely distribute Neolithic axes found in Britain come from Langdale, where they were fashioned in axe ‘factories’ near the tops of the Langdale Pikes approximately 4500-6000 years ago. Traces of this work can still be spotted by the eagle-eyed mountain walker.

Route of the Month

The Langdale Pikes is an area of the Lake District in which the main summits (the ‘Pikes’) are relatively modest in altitude but giants in terms of shape, structure and character. There are numerous options for walks taking in one or more of the Langdale Pikes. A very satisfying option, however, is to go from Stickle Barn/New Dungeon Ghyll to Stickle Tarn; then ascend the classic Jack’s Rake scramble on Pavey Ark (with care, as it is an accident black-spot); and then to go via Thunacar Knott to Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle before descending back to Stickle Tarn.

Photo of the Month

Here’s a shot from what turned out to be a surprisingly fine day on the classic Striding Edge-Swirral Edge circuit on Helvellyn.

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Forthcoming Events

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