A very wet Wednesday in May hosted the second race in the 2016 summer series; the Caradoc Classic. The race's route is 5.6km in length with 268 metres of ascent.
A substantial rockfall centred on the cave area below Ass Creek (Corbett Woods car park area, Grinshill, Shropshire) has created a number of huge boulders completely obliterating what was a long-standing unfinished cave boulder problem. The good news, could these be Shropshire’s very first actual boulder problems? Form a queue. Whatever the cause; earth tremors, high volumes of winter rain, illegal fires lit in the cave... no one was thankfully hurt but as always be vigilant and maybe avoid cave climbing.
The Wrekin Streak is a 4.5km fell race taking place on the main NE track up and down the Wrekin with a total ascent of 247m. This race took places on Wednesday the 27th of April 2016 and included a junior's race for over 10's and over 12's.
We been getting a few messages of a major rockfall right of Kynaston's Cave at Nesscliffe, so I paid a visit. A few printer sized boulders have peeled off from near the top of the crag, but hardly a major rockfall. It's difficult to establish whether it's natural or something to do with a recent County Council crag inspection which took place on 18th April (notice displayed on gates). However climbing isn't really compromised but it is worth avoiding or adopting a common sense tip approach "stay alert" if feel you can't delay venting your bouldering addiction in the Cave area. Bit like climbing in The Alps !
Thanks to all who came along last Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd April '16 to get ‘stitched up’ or just marvel at the impressively equipped Patagonia WORN WEAR tour team van (Fuelled by CNG - Carbon Neutral Gas). The team came to repair our beloved ageing outdoor gear for FREE. If It’s Broke, Fix It. The enthusiastic team: Lisa, Becky and Pierre the van driver and climber from Chamonix who’d never been to the UK but now can’t wait to return, we even found time to launch him up a few Shropshire rock classics after work. 'Seamless teamwork' made sure that every repair was completed and no one left disappointed. But special thanks go to the ‘Thread Wizard’ Martina, the Worn Wear machinist, who was kept very busy. A big thanks also to STANS CYCLES for providing a van parking location when the NCP evicted us on the second day. Thank you for all voluntary donations for The Shrewsbury Ark.
A couple of the many satisfied customer feedback comments:
Can I say a massive thank you for hosting this. I couldn't believe how helpful Patagonia were in repairing my climbing clothes which have received such a battering over the years! Now they're like new! Further incentive (not that I needed it) to support Highsports and buy Patagonia kit. Cheers, Adam
Hi Stuart. - I took a fleece down to the Worn Wear van they said it could not be repaired BUT insisted it be sent away and they'll return it FOC to the shop, wow ! They were all very helpful, nice and chatty. Thanks Tony