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1st - 3rd March 2013

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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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Saturday, 5th June: Pineappling in The Peak District: MPS 3 IMPS 4

This is the activity which gives MPS its name. Pineapples are basically some lumps of rock which are very difficult to ascend but are no taller than twelve feet. MPS and IMPS met to have a go at climbing all of them on Saturday, 5th June. They're situated on the way up to the top of Kinder Scout, at about 600m. The real challenge lies in the fact that the pineapples must be climbed in the footwear used to walk there. We had a lovely day: first we took a different route (for me anyway) up to Kinder, which involved a stream scramble: great fun on a hot day (for once getting ice cold water into your boot wasn't necessarily a bad thing.) I didn't quite realise IMPS considered the pineappling a competition between the two clubs, with the winner the team that had climbed the greatest number of pineapples cumulatively. Things were looking very bleak as we were outnumbered 5-2 (Chris and Vicky MPS, Rupert, Katherine, Heather, John and Mark for IMPS.) Here's how it happened: -

Run Rock: This one isn't a pineapple cos it isn't hard enough; It is one level below: P-1. As this wasn't the real thing no-one (apart from Chris obviously) could be bothered to have a go, so we sat and had lunch, watching Chris's desperate run and jump as he tried and failed.


Rock Monster: This is the first pineapple (the pineapples tend to be attempted in the sequence shown here) unfortunately no one was up to the job.

Correction: Rock Monster is a P-1 and not a true Pineapple and I did manage to surmount it. However close by are Prince Charles and the Iguanadon which defeated us. - Chris

Lurve Rock: MPS 1 IMPS 0. We took the lead when Chris managed to mount himself on this rock. The name in this case illustrated perfectly the technique needed to succeed. No one else got close. I got so excited when trying to take a photo to commemorate the occasion, that I stepped into some rabbit hole, which caused me to limp and moan the rest of the way, reducing my already near zero chances of a successful pineapple climb.


Inaccessible Pineapple: This has never been climbed by anyone in IMPS or MPS - and we couldn't crack it in this competition either.


Wet and Slimy Crack: MPS 2 IMPS 3: This seems to be the easiest pineapple of them all. There are two routes up, the less technical one simply involves jamming yourself in a crack and hauling yourself to the top. This pineapple was conquered by Chris, Rupert, John and Mark. Myself and Heather both had our most successful attempt on this one, but unfortunately we were both defeated.


Scrape and Scour: MPS 3 IMPS 4: Chris was pleased with himself when he very quickly worked out the best way of climbing this one, not so much the next day when he realised just how many scrapes he got from being scoured by it. When Chris was triumphant, Rupert was determined to snatch victory for IMPS, and although his ascent didn't exactly match Chris's for style, it was enough to steal the competition.
 

The pineapples are great boulders to practice climbing skills on; they're also quite wonderfully and suggestively shaped. Click here for the map IMPS gave us showing the location of the pineapples in relation to each other and the Kinder Edge path.

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