TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

Two Outside staff climb their first E6s

James Turnbull on Mortlock's Arete E4 6bThe staff at Outside have been busy of late with James Turnbull and Adam Gill both headpointing their first E6s. James sent the rather burly but well protected Mickey Finn E6 6b at Gardoms after just a quick play on a top rope and placing gear on the lead. Not a bad effort considering he was waiting for a knee operation at the time.

Adam meanwhile ticked the physically much easier but significantly bolder Hot Dog Sniffer E6 6a at Black Rocks. After flashing the route on a Shunt, Adam then waited for an hour for his housemate to arrive with a couple of pads and some moral support before going for the solo. Whilst never very hard this obscure little slab away from the main crag features 13m of relentless 5c/6a padding with zero gear and the last move being one of the hardest.

Attentions have now largely turned to the limestone with the arrival of warmer and wetter weather, and the last couple of weeks have seen James taming the classic E4 Mortlock's Arete at Chee Tor (see photo), Adam and Jon battling through multiple rose bushes and dismembered racing pigeons (honestly) on Beeston Tor, and we look forward to reports of Alex showing the French how it's really done in the Verdon...

(Reports have surfaced about the existence of a video of Adam on Hot Dog Sniffer. Though we have yet to see the 'several blurry minutes of his backside', rest assured it will be uploaded should it be found. Ed.)

Adam, Alex, James and John work at Outside Hathersage



Image © Neil Foster

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
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Pedal the Peak District

© Dave Wild www.davewild.com

© Dave Wild www.davewild.com

To celebrate National Bike Week (18th – 26th June) the Peak District National Park Authority and Visit Peak District have teamed up to produce a series of nine new scenic cycle routes to showcase the best the area has to offer.

There is a route for people of all ages and levels of experience, and they cover the full range of landscapes, villages and market towns which are unique to the Peak District. Each route features Ordnance Survey mapping annotated with simple directions and useful information such as where to find public toilets, or a nice cup of tea.

Some of the routes start and finish at train stations (such as our local station at Hathersage) for those who like to keep their green credentials, but the others all centre around visitor centres, cycle hire centres and large established car parks.

Best of all, the routes are available for free and can be downloaded as pdfs and printed at home. So whether you are new to cycling or have an old neglected bike, you have a brilliant excuse to get pedaling. See the links below for more details.

To showcase the scheme three free sessions are being run over the next week, from a family friendly introduction to mountain biking to a guided group ride around the ‘Matlock moors, hills and mills’. Numbers are limited so booking is essential, for more information refer to the Peak District National Park Authority website.

If you end up going on Route 6 'Highs and lows around Hathersage', why not pop in at our Hathersage store for food, drink or emergency waterproofs!

Area Route Start/Finish Distance Total AscentDownload
1 Ashbourne Gingerbread and great dales Ashbourne Cycle Hire 8.5 miles or 18.7 miles
149 or 482 metres
2 Leek Roaches and reservoirs Tittesworth Reservoir 6.8 or 10.8 miles 248 or 328 metres
3 Millers Dale Rail trails and limestone dales Millers Dale former station 20 miles 527 metres
4 Wirksworth Biking and birdsong Middleton Top Visitor Centre/Cycle Hire 21 miles 579 metres
5 Matlock Matlock moors, hills and mills Matlock Station 24 miles 748 metres
6 Hathersage Highs and lows around Hathersage Hathersage Station 22 miles 1003 metres
7 Bakewell Stately homes and standing stones Hassop Station or Bakewell Station 26.5 miles 842 metres
8 Parsley Hay Hills, dales and trails Parsley Hay Cycle Hire 9.5 or 23 miles 355 or 1025 metres
9 Chapel-en-le-Frith High moors and gritstone tors Chapel-en-le-Frith Station or Buxton Station 28 miles 964 metres

By Gabriel Morrison
Web Editor

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