3RD ROCK Ambassador Tips: Best Peak Boulders up to 7a November 21 2019, 0 Comments

The Peak District is full of rock with endless climbs, but how do you know where to start? UKClimbing has some great tick lists and suggestions but we thought what better recommendations to get you started than our Ambassador team. Here are some top picks from some of our Peak District locals.

1. Brad’s Arete, The Presence of Absence *** f6c+. Stanton Moor.

An arete to the right of the tree climbed on it's right hand side.

Brad's Arete Presence of Absence Stanton Moor Bouldering Climbing

Billy Ridal suggests the hidden classic Brad's Arete and adds that this is a tick everyone should try, just be brave as it's higher than it looks!

"Technical and spicy to the end, the surrounding roots and foliage give it a great atmosphere"

2. Bad Lip * f7a Curbar Edge

Starting from a hanging lip to pull up the slab on small edges.

Bad Lip 7a Curbar Boulder Field Climbing

Rachel Carr contributes Bad Lip, a must tick at the grade. Here's what she had to say about it:

"I enjoyed the added fear factor from a classic Peak landing but if done correctly the climb feels solid. I especially liked that I managed to do it with the very unusual beta of a left heel to hand in the end for an intense and flexy rock up to the next hold"

3. The Staffordshire Flyer *** f6b, Roaches Skyline

From good edges latch the lip and slap to the top (watch for the puddle!).

Staffordshire Flyer Roaches Skyline Bouldering Climbing

Usually found crushing hard Sport, Jerome Mowat is no stranger to classic Grit and adds The Flyer to the list of must ticks.

"This boulder has one of the wildest moves for its grade anywhere on grit, made more exciting by the threat of falling in a bog if/when you miss the jug! Unmissable, literally."

4. Leggit ** f6a+. Froggat

An obvious and long, clean crack line. What more could you want?

Max Ayrton Climbging Leggit 6a+ Froggat Edge

A recent Sheffield resident but long time Peak connoisseur Max Ayrton is a big fan of this long finger crack line.

"An obvious line that draws the eye and climbs as well as it looks! Watch out for the vegetated down climb though..."

5. The Shearing * f5+ Burbage South Valley Boulders

The arete on it's left hand side, trickier than it looks!

 Holly Rees bouldering The Shearing Burbagae South Valley Boulders

Holly Rees has been quietly crushing away for years and has a wealth of experience bouldering in the Peak and cites The Shearing as a really fun problem.

"Nice arete climbing, not too high and easy to bail off it if need be.  Good as a warm up or as a stand alone problem and in a beautiful setting"

Now what are you waiting for? Grab your mat and get outside!

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