Climbing With ‘Big Nige’ at Grinshill

Throughout the winter months I’ve been climbing at a various local walls with a good friend Nigel who is known to most in Shrewsbury as ‘Big Nige’. With increased daylight and good weather, we decided that it was time to climb outdoors and after a bit of deliberating we decided to go to Grins Hill, which is a sandstone outcrop just north of Shrewsbury.

'Big Nige' topping out on Sugar Bullets

Having climbed indoors for so long, it was nice to be on real rock for a change, that is if you class sandstone as real rock, and we opted for a climb in the Sugar Lump area and after a bit of a struggle (sandstone requires a unique style of climbing that no wall can prepare you for) we both topped out on Sugar Bullets.

As I had not been to Grinshill before, ‘Big Nige’ gave me a tour of the major outcrops before heading off to Top Rocks, which has a host of climbs in the lower grades and as such makes this a popular and pleasant venue to introduce small groups of novice climbers.

All too soon the light faded and it was time to call in for a quick beer at the Railway Inn at Yorton before heading off home. All in all a great evenings climbing.

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