A big Happy Christmas from everyone at UKClimbing.com.Below are some photos from this years traditional ascent of Christmas Crack HS 4b at Stanage (first ascent by George Bower 1926). Rob Cole from Sheffield was the first up. Danny Harris and Paul Hewson, in the Santa outfits, had travelled all the way from Brighton.Dick Turnbull was of course there, with his two sons Rob and James, and after their ascent retired to the Scotsmans Pack Inn for carols and beer, then home for Christmas dinner.Did anyone do Christmas Curry at Tremadog?

Danny Harris and Paul Hewson at Stanage on Christmas Day 2009. They drove up from BrightonUKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Harry pulls over the top, Rob Cole belays.UKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Rob Cole at the top of Christmas Crack, Stanage 2009UKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Robe Cole leads, Dick Turnbull waits patiently.UKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Dick Turnbull, conqueror of the classic Alps north faces in winter, at the top of Christmas Crack for the 20th year runningUKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Mark Vallance en route to Christmas CrackUKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Darn boulderers! Greg Rimmer and Jon Morgan (climbing) ran from Bradwell to StanageUKC News, 26 Dec 2009© Mick Ryan
Dick Turnbull in the Scotsmans Pack Inn for carols and beer. Greg Rimmer to his left, James Turnbull, John Jones and Chris Riley

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