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By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Aug 22, 2009
|The climbing is split into three main sections. There are the boulders scattered at the bottom of the crag, the Low Man (the next level of rock up), and standing proud on top of it all the High Man, which contains the majority of the stand out routes.|
By the professor
Aug 12, 2013
Reading the descriptions and looking at the photos indicates a small mediocre crag (by USA standards). However, I just made a visit yesterday on a whim and it changed my opinion!
Yes, Almscliffe is a small crag but it has an outstanding position on the top of a hill. This hill is the highpoint for a number of miles in all directions and the view of the green countryside is lovely. Next, the rock quality (gritstone) is superlative. It has high friction with no loose or sandy holds anywhere. Finally, the sculpted shape of the rock seems custom-made for climbing. There is much overhanging rock with numerous cracks and huecos. Also plentiful bouldering on smaller outliers.
Unfortunately, my hasty 30 minute visit saw me dressed in business attire with street shoes (although that did not preclude some half-hearted bouldering).