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Types of Rock

I ‘ve just come back from a weekend with my local climbing club in the Peak District, climbing on  millstone grit. The picture below was taken at the weekend.




To most people rock is just rock, in the same way that snow is just snow unless you end up spending a lot of time dealing with it. But to people who climb, rock tends to be thought about by the type of faults it has in it, how abrasive it is and all kinds of other things which affect how easy it is to hang on. Millstone grit is not my favourite rock, because its mostly made up of big rounded lumps, with large flared cracks running between them. Gritstone climbing favours tall people with excellent balance skills who are happy hand jamming and smearing.


This is not a description of me, I come from a long line of stumpy Welsh trolls, for whom, anatomically it is far more difficult to achieve the long reaches and tai chi style balance moves needed on grit.  I like limestone, a rock where there are plenty of lovely pockets dotted about, small edges at varying angles, narrow chimneys to wedge your back against and overhangs with sharp angles to grab hold of. Here is a picture of a limestone climb – with lots of lovely sticky out and in bits.





July 31, 2008 Posted by | climbing | Leave a comment