ON THE ROPES
Some of the world's most experienced climbers and cavers learned their craft on the dramatic rock faces and amid the honeycomb of caverns in the Peak District. Some of the famous gritstone faces such as Windgather Rocks, Stanage Edge and The Roaches offer plenty of scope to live life on the edge!
Visit Peak District & Derbyshire would like to thank Paul of Peak Mountaineering for his suggested 'Top 3 Climbs'
Windgather Rocks - Mississipi Crack (severe 4a) - Interesting initial grooves lead past the hanging crack then continue up the beautiful crack line to the top. A good challenge but very well protected and one of the classics of the crag.
The Roaches - Pedestal Route (HVD 4a) - A peach of a climb that can be done in a long pitch but is best enjoyed as two. Climb the right hand side of the huge flake to belay on the large block. Take a rising leftward traverse to the corner of the great roof, pull over the bulge, then savour the final crack line to the top.
Stanage Edge - April Crack (HS 4b) - The enticing open corner crack will succumb best to confident bridging, jamming, laybacking and good footwork. A stunning , well protected and challenging climb.