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Next Meet

"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

Next Social

AGM. Portland D136.
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Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am

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Routes on Pineapples

There is no tradition of grading routes, as this is not rock climbing, but undoubtedly some are harder than pineapple grade, often catering for the particular technique preferences of certain pineapplers and remaining the largely exclusive domain of this person.

Colin's run-up technique on the Run Rock however was an immediate hit with the pineappling community, giving the rock its name.

The only previous ascent, Simon's hideous leap, hug and scour up the left-hand front nose was instantly abandoned, to the extent that even its discoverer failed in several attempts to repeat it, unable to fight for what was now known to be a pointless coul-de-sac of pineappling history.

Mad Martin's first direct ascent of Iggy, leaping directly up onto the southern nose instead of leaning across from the big neighbouring rock, was also much admired for its finesse,

although Relfy manages to do it the easy way in style too.

Further attention to the big square rocks led to a total of three routes on Percy; original South Face, SW corner, and North-face leap. A third route was also discovered on the Run Rock, up the East face.


Simon on Percy-SW-corner route, as pioneered by Chris

Chris on Percy-N-face route, as pioneered by Simon

Robin Hood's Stride NE tower, with the help of the prominent graffiti it was an easy P-1 grade, but Simon pioneered a possibly pineapple-grade geologically-pure fist-jamming route. We certainly can't allow anyone to take a chisel along, carve their initials in a pineapple and then use them to climb it......


Chris inspecting the route

Chris inspecting the view

The onset of winter is generally considered to make mountains more treacherous, but with the Moat Rock brings certain advantages as well. Wasn't this a problem in the Middle Ages too, when castles were often protected by moats?

The Lurve Rock, still has only one route, completely dependent on the neighbouring rock, with any attempt at a direct ascent clearly utterly futile.

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