Rock Climbing by Geoff Birtles

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  • Rock Climbing at Stoney Middleton in the 1970s

    ROCK-CLIMBING AT STONEY MIDDLETON IN THE 1970s Personal recollections of the 1970s by Geoff Birtles   All histories are versions of events and this one is no different. Following are some personal recollections of climbing at Stoney Middleton in the 1970s and a tribute to Tom Proctor (pictured below). Thanks go to others for their… Learn more

  • Sharples

    STONEY MIDDLETON A retrospective of this time hardened Peak District crag by Keith Sharples. Ever since its halcyon days of the 60s, Stoney Middleton Dale has been up there in the higher echelons of White Peak crags. Without a few Stoney classic test pieces under your belt, your CV can only be considered lacking. Nor… Learn more

  • Sheffield University Mountaineering Club – SUMC

    Dave Johnson

    By 1957, a whole new generation arrived in the dale from the nearby Sheffield University. This group was largely spearheaded by Dave Johnson accompanied by such as Trevor Brooks, Jack Wade, John Childs and their mentors, Ron and Brenda Salt, overcame the horror stories about limestone and tackled the unclimbed rock as described in the SUMC… Learn more

  • The 1930s

    Eric Byne

    Very little was written about limestone after 1918 apart from Puttrell’s newspaper articles until the Graham West 1961 guidebook ‘Rock Climbs on the Mountain Limestone of Derbyshire’ was published. However, Eric Byne and Clifford Moyer climbed some routes of which there are no specific records though Byne, a joint author of High Peak who wrote the… Learn more