Monday 18 February 2019

Clearance Work - Wanderfall - Harrison's Rocks

On Saturday 16th February 2019, some members of the HRMG voluntarily undertook clearing work around the Crucifix Wall, Wanderfall and Birch Tree Wall areas. 

This work continues on from the work which was started over the winter season 2017 / 2018.

A substantial amount of earth and loose rock was removed from the right side of Wanderfall Wall (RF p260), revealing the original rock shelf, returning the routes to their original climbable state. There has been a deep level of soil and dirt on the upper tiers, going back decades where soil and compost have compacted and taken over, which has now all been removed. Additional clearance work is now required above the crag edge to help create better access for climbers. This will be done by cutting back a lot of overgrown ferns and shrubs.

The soil removed on the upper crag has been placed under the Waterfall Wall to help with ground erosion and over time will compact nicely as it did under Crucifix Wall. Work has also commenced above Birch Tree Wall (RF p262) and will be finished in a few weeks’ time.

The area now needs to weather in order for dirt to clear so please avoid over the next few months if possible.

Bolts are now being proposed to be installed above the routes Wanderfall and Wander at Leisure to ensure the routes are adequately protected and the routes can be better utilised. This will be done by the HRMG hopefully this spring/summer after more clearance work. It is hoped that this will free up some more routes and help spread some of the Unclimbed Wall area traffic further down the crag.

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