Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dark Peak Scramble

The castle Mountaineering Club discussion area announced a scrambling meet. It's a while since I've been out with the Castle mountaineering club so it was great opportunity to get out. Lots of members were waiting at the Birchen Clough bridge car park SK109914. The plan was to scramble up Upper Red Brook and Nether Red Brook, descending via Fairbrook Naze a fairly short route but it would allow time to watch the Olympics!

The scrambles were both grade 1 and taken from the Scrambles in the Dark Peak Guide an excellent guide book reviewed on the Cicerone blog. I must add that one of the authors has attended past Castle Scrambling meets. Also, Ali who lead the meet told me that she had done a lot of the routes with Tom Corker.

It was great to catch up with friends on the walk into the scrambles. We followed the Snake path along Ashop Clough and started walking up into Upper Red brook, SK079904. The scrambling was good excellent fun and some good problems. These are excellent routes which can be easily turned, if required. As there has been a fair amount of rain some of the problems were quite interesting when clambering over green rocks!

We all enthusiastically walked along The edge and descended to the start of the nether brook scramble. The rock was somewhat drier and the scrambling more fun!

Once on the top a lot of people suggested returning to watch the Olympics. The Olympic fever has hit the CMC, well it is exciting. John and myself, both wanting some extra mileage, walked across Kinder to the Downfall and then returned along the Snake Path.