As you will know the felling of trees beneath the crag has been completed for now, leaving substantial quantities of brushwood and some larger logs. We and the Eden Valley Club have started a bit of a clear up but a concerted effort is needed to make a significant difference.

We have therefore decided to allocate a Tuesday night session, on the 25th July, to having a tidy up at the crag, so as many members as possible please come along, if you have tools like a bow saw or loppers (big secateurs) please bring them along. Hopefully we can slip in the odd route and as always we will visit the Fox and Pheasant for the odd pint at the end of the evening.

By clearing away the brushwood it will improve the look of the place and hopefully will allow wild flowers to take hold in the new clearings, making it a prettier place for everyone who uses the path below the crags.

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Castle Rock Instability - Update May 2015


Summary: The crack continues to widen with clear evidence of debris falling out from it (i.e. stone-fall danger). There is every indication that this collapse is going to take place sooner rather than later.


Detail: The crack is progressively, continuously, rapidly widening relatively speaking with quite a bit of loose debris falling into or out of it. A stone dropped down the back of the crack - reveals how hollow it is. The crack, particularly above and left of Matheson Avenue is perceptibly much wider and very active. Similarly the crack at the crag top is perceptibly wider and quite active as is the crack’s extension down southwest towards the finish of Overhanging Bastion this is very obvious when viewed from above.


A gauge is in place measuring the movement; the results for this are shown on the graphs.

You can see from the plot that we are currently undergoing the fourth seasonal perturbation. Between April and June each year the motion of the movement changes, probably due to more intense sunlight, warmth or seasonal drying out.


There is every indication that this collapse is going to take place sooner rather than later. A local earthquake might do it, recently there have been three (May 22 – Dumfries,

May 14 – Coniston, May 11 - Dumfries and Morecambe Bay). This is very unpredictable however. Personally I am starting to be wary of walking under the North Crag!


On a lighter note, the suspect section of rock may slip and come to rest at an easier angle so that North Crag Eliminate falls to VS before it falls to the bottom of the crag!


From notes provided to Trevor Langhorne

Club member Phil Tinning has set up Freetime Outdoors which offers the following: -


Mountain Skills Courses and Instruction for Climbing - Walking - Navigation. Mountain Leader Training and Assessment - Ghyll Scrambling.

You can find more info at the Freetime Outddors Facebook page here or the website here.

Ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to climb or improve their mountain skills.


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