This web site holds local climbing information for the area around Huddersfield, in Kirklees West Yorkshire, currently it covers three of the larger venues and five smaller ones with some limited detail and example problems from the other venues.
The ongoing aim is to expand this coverage to all the other crags in the area.
Constructive comment is always welcome.
Any additional information on existing and new venues will be gratefully received and can be added to the site, see the Contact button at the top right of this page or click here
Kirklees Climbing has been lucky enough to acquire some site sponsorship from the new specialist climbing shop for Northeast Manchester, Huddersfield and Holmfirth - The Cragstation, based at Awesome Walls, Stockport.
We're going to be working together to try and develop the climbing scene in the area so you will see lots of announcements on this site regarding meets, events, wall nights, crag clean ups etc.
The Cragstation is a great climbing shop with a fantastic range of rock shoes, hardware, bouldering mats, guidebooks and clothing combined with knowledgeable and informative climbing staff.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area or passing through.
The British Mountaineering Council have a great website with loads of useful information and advice.
Every climber should seriously consider being a member and contributing to the great work they do:
Click on the logo above or the link below for more information.
Holme Valley MRT
When you have an accident or get into trouble on the hill or at the crag it's mountain rescue that come to your aid.
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team relies on donations from the public for the upkeep of vehicles, equipment and vital medicines.
All donations are gratefully received. There are various ways to donate, see the website for more details.
This is a 2 item snippet of the latest news.
See the News page for the rest
A few weeks ago those lovely people at The Crag Station gave me a pair of Evolv's newest climbing shoe, the Nexxo, to try out.
As you can see from the picture below the Nexxo is an aggressive, high performance slipper. Chris Sharma has been involved in the design and production of the Nexxo from the very beginning and you can really tell that a lot of thought and years of experience have gone into this shoe.
Aimed at the hard bouldering and steep sport climbing market with the focus on performance I couldn't wait to pull these on a see if they lived up to the hype.
First impressions were good, very downturned and aggressive, a good amount of rubber on the sole. The rand, top of the toe and the heel are also well covered in rubber stickiness. The inside of the toe box has a microfibre lining which improves the comfort.
With a slipper of this shape getting them onto your foot was never going to be easy but the 3 well places loops give you enough purchase to hold the Nexxo in place as you drive your toes round the instep and into the shoe.
As you would expect from a shoe shaped like this the Nexxo performs brilliantly on steep ground.
Edging is solid and the firm yet flexible last means you can stand confidently on the smallest of chips but still feel what is going on between your feet and the hold.
Normally using a new shoe to rockover onto a high heel or smear on a volume would instil a little uncertainty. The snug fit and responsive sole on the Nexxo meant the thought didn't cross my mind.
I often suffer from a 'hot spot' on my big toe knuckle with a new downturned shoe and the Nexxo was no different, the give in the upper however, made this more bearable and I think after a half dozen more sessions they'll be as comfy as my old well worn in Shamans.
It's obvious that the Nexxo is never going to be your gritstone slab smearing shoe of choice, that's not what Evolv built it for, but the sensitivity in the sole combined with the sticky rubber meant I didn't feel out of sorts on my local grit circuits.
Fit & Sizing
The Nexxo is a very snug fit on your foot. As it's a slipper with a single velcro strap a secure fit is essential and the Nexxo doesn't disappoint as it hugs your foot and inspires confidence.
The sizing is a little different from it's nearest cousin the Evolv Shaman. Most people, including me, have gone up a half size from the Shaman to the Nexxo. For reference I'm a 8.5 in an Shaman and a 9 in the Nexxo. Across the top of the foot the Nexxo is pretty tight, but due to the supple nature of the upper it doesn't as restrictive as other aggressive shoes. If you've not tried an Evolv shoe with the 'Love Bump' and 'Knuckle Box' combination before but you want a precise and aggressive shoe without the associated pain then you need to try the Nexxo.
Straight out of the box the Nexxo is easily the most comfortable, down turned performance shoe I've worn.
The heel is snug and well protected but supple enough to be able to feel what's going on when hooking. The toe is very precise and the power transmission is great on small holds and edges.
Evolv have got the balance between thick enough rubber for durability and thin enough to maintain feel and feedback just right so the Nexxo should last you as long if not longer than other performance shoes.
Only time will tell if the 'Epow system' helps the show retain it's downturned shape as the shoe ages but it's holding up pretty well at the moment.
Evolv Product Information
New to the Chris Sharma Signature Series, the Nexxo represents for Evolv a new way of approaching how we build shoes, how we engineer performance, and how we bridge to a higher level of design. It is soft yet it is powerful. It is convenient and it is precise. The Nexxo ushers in a new era of Evolv's Ultra-Performance climbing footwear.
- Synthetic forefoot for ultimate performance
- Leather from mid to rear for comfort
- Microfiber lining in the forefoot for comfort, performance, and durability
- Combination of "Love Bump" and "Knuckle Box" provides control and power
- Elastic for convenience with instep Velcro for torsional rigidity
- New Evolv Power System - EPow, for tension and power to maximize performance
- Profile: Downturned asymmetric with "Knuckle Box" and "Love Bump"
- Sole: Variable thickness half-sole
- Rand: VTR rand (thicker around toe)
- Upper: Synthetic forefoot with leather in rear
- Lining: Microfiber forefoot, unlined leather in rear
- Midsole: MX-P: 1 mm full-length with semi-crescent nylon support
Evolv have produced a short video showing some of the new construction methods and concepts behind the Nexxo:
Evolv Nexxo are available at The Crag Station shop at Awesome Walls Stockport
There is an article about bouldering at Holmfirth Edge in the September 2014 issue of Climber Magazine, available now (as of the 14/08/2014).
It is the latest instalment in Climber's 'Around the Bloc' feature which showcases bouldering locations from around the British Isles.
Accompanied by some great photography there is some background on Cliff, a selection of the best problems for you to try and helpful access information.
Well worth a read by all who have an interest in Cliff.
Parking at Holmfirth Cliff
At meetings with the owners of the crag, local residents and climbers the issue of parking on Cliff Road has been raised.
Climbers were asked to be more careful when parking not to block drive ways or park in front of people houses.
When visiting Cliff please park away from the houses at the foot of the track as the residents there have problems parking.
There is plenty of parking back up Cliff Road towards its junction with Cliff Lane, which is better, away from any houses and also provides a little warm up walk in.
On this site we use the Fontainebleau system for grading boulder problems.
This is done for a number of reasons, the main one being that for venues with the majority of problems in the low grades the Font system works better and is clearer than the V grade system.
Previously we've used a combination of the V grade and the UK tech grade which can be confusing.
The forthcoming Yorkshire Mountaineering Club Gritstone guidebook, which features some crags in the area, will also be using Font grades.
Any routes on the guides will be graded using the UK adjective grade and technical grade as before.
Using Font grades for boulder problems and UK adjective & Tech for routes also distinguishes between the two types of climbs more clearly
Well the new version of the website itself is now live, as you can see, hope you all like it.
As usual any comments are more than welcome.
We've also got a new crag covered, Standedge.
Some nice bouldering on good rock in a lovely setting, well worth a visit.
Another new addition is Honley Old Wood which has a gem of a slab.
We've got a new Local section on the website that we'll use to feature local specific news, links and information.
Get in touch via the contact form if you have anything you'd like to add to that section.