20th October 2019

The day dawned bright but chilly so the climbing party consisting of Rachel, myself, Rob and Mike decided to have an extra brew as the rock warmed up before we set off for Millstone Edge. I have not climbed here for several years and Rachel was making her first outing there. We parked and strolled to the crag taking a slow meander to the Cioch area but taking the chance to point out some of the classic routes. Mike was first off up April Arete but I had made a false start having forgotten my rock boots in the car (but remembering stove, mugs, coffee, milk, tea bags, my wife's harness and boots and my children's harnesses). A quick trot back to the car and we were off up Close Shave (S 4a). The rock was dry and it was lovely to be climbing with friends in the sunshine.

Gaining the ledge at about half height I was faced with two options, a greenish corner crack where the route should take me or the dry, clean VS 4c arete. I obviously chose the latter with Rachel following after. I had constructed a belay off the fence posts above the former quarry.

The beautiful weather was not to last however and as we contemplated a second route the rain hit, and to steal a cricket expression, stopped play.  Rob, Mike and Rachel headed for The Works in Sheffield while I headed back to the hut to start cooking tea.

With the normal 'last minute' sign ups 14 of us sat down for cottage pie followed by apple crumble.