Contour Outdoor’s Chew Valley Challenge

Those lovely outdoor boys from Contour Outdoor certainly live an exciting life. Contour Outdoor are one of Boulders outdoor partners, specially chosen because of their first class reputation and track record, these guys are absolute pros at getting you outdoors.

Andi Turner and Bob Thomas, Contour’s climbing and mountaineering instructors, specialise in delivering stimulating, high quality, outdoor holidays and courses throughout the UK and abroad. Their range of activities has been developed with the aim of refining existing knowledge and skills, as well as helping you master new ones.

If you can’t find a course that’s right for you they can tailor a package for you or your group, to enable you to achieve your personal goal.

Their areas of expertise include rock climbing, self-rescue, scrambling, sport & traditional climbing, bouldering, as well as the peripheral skills of navigation, camp craft and mountain skills.

We recently heard a little story from the guys and their pictures were so great we just wanted to share it with you.

At the end of September we (Andi and I along with friends) spent a fine day in the Peak District taking part in the Chew Valley Challenge, a climbing orientated event arranged by local BMC activist Martin Kocsis and local climbers.  The aim: visit as many crags and climb as many routes from late morning until dusk.

After the brief slog up the side of the valley we found ourselves at the base of Wimberry crack.  Dividing ourselves into pairs and gearing up we had decided to start the challenge on some easier routes: Thermometer Crack and Surprise.  Both felt great, with the grit stone providing that reassuring friction under foot.  Two routes under the belt, and it was time to pack up and head for another crag.

Twenty minutes walk later and we were at the foot of Wilderness Crag, a venue that really lives up to its name, being tucked away on the shaded northern side of the valley.  We opted to climb Half Way Chimney, which for me seemed like the hardest climb of the day.  Requiring balance, and with a bold move half way up, the climb felt quite cheeky for the grade.  With climb number three and crag two out of the way we packed up and made for Rob’s Rocks.

By this stage we’d moved onto the opposite side of the valley and we were in the sun.  Rob’s Rock is a great little venue with routes for all abilities and styles.  We climbed a fantastic bouldery line  called Digital Orbit (the most enjoyable line of the day) and then shifted over to have a go at a fine 8m route called the Nameless One.  We liked the latter so much that we climbed it four times; two of those by the harder direct finish.

With time running out we made for our final crag: Dovestones.  The light was failing and so we only managed to climb one line in before it was time to jog back to the car park and the finish.  We only got there by the skin of our teeth, the walk (or should that be run) taking slightly longer than we anticipated.  Over a pint we all agreed an entertaining day had been had by all, and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants an alternative day’s climbing.

Bob Thomas, Contour Outdoor.

If this little story has got your palms sweating, drop Contour Outdoor a line, they would love to help you plan an adventure.