Sunday, 31 July 2011

Gritstone + Bolts???


 
That's right gritstone and bolts in the Peak! On friday I was down New Mills Torrs helping out with the bolting of the bridge. Myself, Martin,  Dan Lane, Wendy (Ruth's Mum) and Roger (Ruth's Stepdad) - with some help from New Mills Town Council, a cherry picker and the North West Bolt Fund, bolted up 4 lines on the viaduct.


What an experience - drilling whilst hanging out of a cherry picker at it's highest point (about 20m) is pretty gripping.
Keen youth Dan was back down on saturday to climb some of the lines and Martin and I have been there this evening to do some more cleaning - the routes are really sandy and dusty from the bolting. Should have some names and approximate grades soon......watch this space.
Hopefully the 4 lines in are just the start and we'll be able to get a few more in over the next few weeks - the all-weather climbing facility just got even better!

7 comments:

jnewbiggin said...

Great stuff! Always wondered if someone would bolt the bridge! :)

necron1984 said...

really good routes, was a bit dubious but its worth it as the bridge would be really tricky to trad

Grubes said...
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back packs said...

Bolting a bridge.?You should always be careful, I have notice bolting a bridge its some kind a dangerous thing...

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Chris Craggs said...

Good effort. How did you go about getting permission out of interest?


Chris

Andy Turner said...

Hi Chris,
Martin dealt with the Town Council - but they have been nothing but supportive! They even helped us out getting the cherry picker super cheap.
Cheers
Andy

Sam Clarke said...

Hi Andy, appeared not to be any chains at the top of the climbs today, so unsure what your plan for getting down was? Hope you can help me out :-)