Classic RCJ Article: Gritstone Rocks – 1921 by Morley Wood [1922]

Morley Wood joined the Club in 1909. He was an active climber who climbed many new routes, often with Fred Pigott including the first route on ‘Cloggy’s’ East Buttress [Pigott’s Route]…Morley Wood was affectionately known as Pigott’s F.H [Faithful Hound] and together they were known as The Inseparables.  Gritstone Rocks 1921, from the 1922 RCJ details ascents of new routes at the Roches [note their spelling] and Bosley Cloud…The Inseparables had quite a year with six new routes at the Roaches, Pigott climbing Bachelor’s Buttress and Black and Tans, whilst Morley Wood climbed Pedestal Route Left and Right Hand, Right Route and Crack and Corner…in the current Rockfax Western Grit Guide, two of these routes are in the ‘Top 50’ list, with the others either 2 or 3 star routes…not a bad haul! Enjoy the article right from the opening sentence which reads: “Gritstone climbing, as most English climbing, has become so specialised that it is in danger of losing its value as a training for mountaineering”! Click here for the article.


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