Awesome Walls Stockport II

Lizzie and the art of visualisation!

Climber: Lizzie Bowler, Photographer: Mark Alderson 

BMC Leading Ladder Finals @ Awesome Walls Stockport

Awesome Walls Stockport is rapidly approaching its 5th month of climbing and it can boast an active infancy.  Youth Climbing Series (Round 1), BMC Leading Ladder Final (results), Route Setting Course, opening of the Awesome Cafe and a whole host of internal climbing courses, sessions and parties.

The routes are fresh and well set, the weather continues to force us inside, its not a bad place to keep fit!


The Peaks: Frosty Froggatt

10 in the morning and it was still -2 degrees.  Already talking about the deep fried brie wedges we’d be eating after the days climb, we headed to the impressive edge of Froggatt.  Waterways were icy, the grass was frosted, the grit was perfect.

Nick Bamber - Tody’s Wall

Nick Bamber on Tody’s Wall – Impressive E1 Lead [Photo: Chris Smith]

Rob topping out in Diamond Crack

Rob Coppage topping out on Diamond Crack (VS) [Photo: Matt Smith]

Nick Bamber - Three Pebbles Slab

 Nick Bamber leading Three Pebbles Slab (debatably an E1)! [Photo: Chris Smith] 

Bouldering at Froggatt - Chris Smith

 Bouldering in the setting sun – Downhill Racer, Froggatt

Awesome Walls Stockport

The Big Wall 23.5m - Tallest Wall in England
This 23.5m Lead Wall is the Tallest in England
There aren’t many indoor walls which allow you to get into a position where your belayer looks a long way down but the lower off looks even further up.  A truly awesome wall; and with two 5+ routes its accesible to a lot of people (as long as you have a 50m rope!).
In Liverpool they turned an old church into a cool climbing venue, here in Stockport they have done the same with an old mill.  The old tiles are still visible in places,the original stone archway remains in tact, as far as indoor climbing goes, its an inspiring place to climb.  

A Perfect Winters Day: Stanage Bouldering

Peak District Mist

 Frost, Ice and Perfect Blue Skies – the ideal combination for high friction Peak Grit climbing. 

Stanage Edge

The ever impressive Stanage Edge (path to the plantation boulders)

 StanageMatt Smith - Plantation Boulders

Left: Plantation Boulders. Right: Matt Smith

Gritstone Climbing – Peaks

You know when you’ve had a good weekend in the Peaks: shredded skin and shedded blood – yet you can’t but love to climb on that sandpaper rock, friction padding a slab with little or no protection and remembering those maths mechanic lessons – trusting the numbers but believing in your feet. 


Climber: Chris Smith

2nd Pitch of Valkyrie (HVS 5a) Froggatt


Climber : Badger (little bro)

Brave dynamic moves on Mutiny Crack (HS 4b) Burbage N



Climber : Chris Smith

Exposed arete on Meddle (HVS 5a) Burbage N