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Chapel man completes 24-hour Stanage Edge climb

Richard Taylor has been climbing his entire life, but last week he took on his biggest challenge ever, climbing the Stanage Edge on his own in 24 hours without ropes.

The 49-year-old started his adventure at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday and made it through Friday morning, stopping only for naps of around 20 minutes when exhausted.

He said: “It was an amazing experience, my 24 hour trip was so much more than rock climbing. It was a total immersion with nature, it is pure magic that changes life.

Richard Taylor embarks on a 24 hour solo ascent on Stanage Edge.  He set up his camera and took the photos himself using the timer function.
Richard Taylor embarks on a 24 hour solo ascent on Stanage Edge. He set up his camera and took the photos himself using the timer function.

“Being outside and seeing the sun rise, set and rise again made it a day to remember.

“Climbing is a selfish act because it only benefits the climber. So I wanted to do something that would help others. So I raised money for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to help protect the wonderful area in which we live in. “

During Richard’s epic task, he traversed the entire length of Stanage and Burbage Edge, scaling 512 ropes-less routes and 84 boulders.

Twenty of his routes were repeats, alternate starts or finishes and 18 were done in reverse up and down, bringing the total of climbs in 24 hours to 634, meaning he climbed 4,692 meters.

Richard Taylor embarks on a 24 hour solo ascent on Stanage Edge. He set up his camera and took the photos himself using the timer function.

He said: “I had done over 400 climbs on the Stanage Edge already, so coming back I had an idea of ​​what to expect.

“However, there were a few tough times. The abrasive stone dries really fast, so after the rain the week before I knew the stone would be dry, but I stood in a puddle on a ledge and my shoes lost all grip and I slipped but I held on.

Richard grew up in Burbage and moved to Chapel and says his earliest memories were climbing The Roaches and going exploring.

Richard Taylor embarks on a 24 hour solo ascent on Stanage Edge. He set up his camera and took the photos himself using the timer function.

He said: “Climbing has always been great for me to put things in perspective, if I have a bad day I get out a bit and everything is better.”

During his ascent, Richard made inquiries with his wife and children to let them know he was okay.

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Mildred Lasky

The author Mildred Lasky