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Climbing meeting hailed success

Posted 13 September 2010
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Climbing meeting hailed success
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A gathering of like-minded people equipped with climbing gear in the Derbyshire Countryside last weekend (September 11th to 12th) has been declared a success.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) held the event at Stoney Middleton, where members gathered to socialise and get out a climbing rope and take to the cliffs.

Routes such as the Prayer Wheel Wall were ascended as the event celebrated the halcyon days of the area.

The BMC noted the proximity of the place to Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield, making it highly accessible.

"It was also once, for a relatively short period of time, the epicentre of British climbing where some of the most difficult climbs - and certainly those on limestone - of those days were being done," the body added.

Those wanting to take on Derbyshire's cliffs may wish to pick up climbing hardware at the Go Outdoors stores in Stockport, Sheffield or Hathersage.

Earlier this year, the Peak District National Park Authority publicly sought a partner organisation to manage a popular climbing and walking site.

A condition of the management or leasing deal would be that any body taking on the Roaches estate in Staffordshire would have to guarantee access to it.

Posted by Dan Mirza