Stars above me when I fall a sleep. Rock below my feet during my waking hours. Ashes scattered on those beautiful peaks. Life can not be any more beautiful.
There is no doubt that Stanage offers some excellent opportunities to climb. Weekend trip with Cov Climbing Club planned and I decided to jump in.
Living in west-midlands may make you feel envy of people in Scotland or other places with easy access to better outdoor pursuits. However it has great advantage of being a midland! One can reach most of the wales, peak district, and lake district by driving about 200 miles. Peak district is even closer. Although it lacks the 'I dropped my hat' height, makes up by a fantastic grit stone which is often lovely to climb. It has grades for newbie scramblers to experienced climbers. It is also a lovely area to explore on foot.
Although the first leading course I attended was a good experience I struggled a lot due to poor footwork. After a year long practice with Coventry Mountaineering Club's fantastic team my last trip to Peak District was a joy! We went to Froggatt-Curbar edges which are like Siamese Twins on the eastern rim of the famous Derwent Valley. Mental Note - This area is full of different compositional possibilities for both painting and photography.
This climb was a baptism by fire for the day for me. It is quite a struggle to hold on to the pebble in the middle where you see a squarish hole. Most of the pictures are made with iPhone.
Watch this crazy video of Johnny Dawes on adjacent Downhill Racer E4 6a. It is to be honest featureless. Look how easy this master climber makes it look! He has literally climbed it with one hand.
There are still two climbs I would love to do from this area, Tody's wall, and Froggatt Pinacle. Some day.
Rightly called Valkyrie is a HVS, 5a route. You start on the the left and pitch where the chap is. Narcissus (E6, 6b) route starts at pointy end of the triangle, which I'm not sure whether I will be able to make anytime soon.
Overall a fantastic day of climbing with quite a few VD+ climbs bagged and one E1.