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We want you to see what we've been up to here at Climb Pembroke, and get a taste of who we are and what to expect if you come Sea Cliff Climbing with us here in Pembrokeshire on one of our Rock Climbing Courses or Family Rock Climbing days out

XS Sea Cliff Choss and Attempted Murder by a Sheep

Sea Cliff Climbing in South West Wales and Mountain Cragging in Llanberis Pass. 

Last week I went with Paul Donnithorne to check out some of the esoteric sea cliffs of the Cardigan Coast. Fair to say that although there are some striking lines to go at, the shale rock has an inherently unstable nature. After a bit of abseil cleaning we walked away with two new HardVS's and a cheeky two pitch E2 I called Strong and Stable. All good fun if you like that sort of thing... 

On Tuesday and on the way up to North Wales I stopped back there to explore some other areas for future attention. On Wednesday I was out with Pat Littlejohn who was keen to check out some neglected parts of Llanberis Pass. The sun was out, warm, T.shirt weather. I climbed the first two pitches of Bable together, clipped into the belay and started taking in the ropes, what a lovely day. Out of the corner of my eye my attention was drawn to a white thing quickly role off a steep grass slope and free fall down a 30+m cliff. It was a sheep, a sheep had just fallen off the cliff! Before I could think to shout down to Pat an almighty crash of boulders and scree came up from below. "Pat!" I called down. Nothing. Fuck, that sheep has just landed on Pat Littlejohn! Luckily the ropes started to move again and eventually Pat reached the belay. Apparently he had just put his rock shoes on, stood up, moved 3m to the start of the climb just as the fully grown sheep had dive bombed into the rock that Pat had been sitting. It would have killed him if he had hung around for a further 10 seconds. Imagine the obituary... 

Great day out in the Pass though, Despite the potentially lethal clumsy sheep. It won't do that again...  

Pembroke Sea Cliff Climbing

A Day's Guided Sea Cliff Climbing  

Today was spent in the company of Steve, a climber of 30yrs and one that is keen on mileage and adventure - we soon were getting along like a house on fire. The weather was a bit rainy and wet to start, so with wild seas below we pick our way from Stennis Arete into Maelstrom Chimney and back into the upper section on Stennins Arete in four pitches. Soon the sun came out and the rest of the day was spent climbing Hercules, Manzoku and the poorly named Nightmare in two pitches. Thanks for the laughs Steve! 

What Can I Say...?

Firstblog post for a while. Just had a great couple of days with friends Chris and Choire from Wild Country Consultants on the sea cliffs of South Wales. I'm glad to say there  was a fine  dose of both effort and banter... Again soon chaps. .  17-18th May 2017

Day one: Horobin (senior) Penally sea cliffs.

Day two: Horobin (senior) & Horobin (junior) Morfa Bychan sea cliffs. 

More New Routes, Guiding, Filming Work and a Rescue Weekend

Pembroke to The Peak District

September has been a bonkers month with loads of interesting work and play on the Pembroke sea cliffs and a filming project further a field in The Peak. Thanks to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of getting out with… Just about catching up with the adventures now! 

Mama Mia, Here We Go Again...

New 8 Pitch Traverse in South Pembroke 

I'd had my eye on a line deep within Range East for a while. Panza Walls lies equal distance between the St. Govan's and Stack Rocks car parks and you're unlikely to see another climber at the crag. It's a large cliff but not plastered with stared existing routes, although the rock is good and there seemed scope for further exploration. There was one line in particular that I wanted to check out: A full traverse of the face above the mid hight overhangs, weaving it's way around buttresses and ribs, west to east.

I did the first two pitches with Tom Rogers (after first climbing a couple of established routes first) and after a late start we were forced upwards and the top, a long way away from the end of the route. With Tom returning to Bristol, I needed someone else to finish the job - who better to ask than Pembroke new routing machine Paul Donnithorne. Of course he was keen.

We swung leads for eight pitches to bring a quality new E1 adventure, through exciting situations into existence, named Mama Mia. If you're up for an adventure away from the crowds, go and check it out... 

 

 

Pembroke Sea Cliff Climbing at it's Best

What Makes Climbing Great? 

The booming steam train that has been the summer is now starting to slow down to a more relaxed pace and time for personal climbing is more available. It's been a great summer, with some fantastic working adventures and courses, mostly within the wonderful Range East Crags. I do love working and living in this beautiful county... 

Smashing it in at Range East (and beyond)...

With the Army laying down their guns and bombs for the summer holidays and the climbing bird restrictions having been lifted, it's been great to get back to the old stomping ground of Range East. This is the most extensive and adventurous climbing area in Pembrokeshire with tons of great routes on first class sea washed limestone. The working adventures have been coming in thick and fast, with lots of private guiding, family groups as well as a two day self rescue skills course.  Thanks to everyone in the last couple of weeks I've had the pleasure of sharing a rope with...