This weekend I was hosting a Climbers Club meet in Pembrokeshire. I have been a member of the www.climbers-club.co.uk for over four years now and it was great to meet some new people, get out on the crags to practise some vital self rescue skills for keeping safe and sorting out problems if they occur.
The weather forecast was dire, but six brave souls drove down and we were luckily rewarded by fine, sunny condition! "It never rains in Pembroke" was our motto for the weekend. On Saturday we headed to St. Govan's, practised prussicing up and down a fixed line, abseiling passed a knot, then lowering a injured climber passed a knot, in the morning. I the afternoon the sun came out so we decided to get some routes in as Sunday was looking very wet. Lots of routes later we went for a pint and a meal at the St. Govan's Inn, then back for more banter at the Climber's Club hut May Cottage. Sunday arrived and the forecast filled us with hope, so we raced to Stennis Head and got back on the rescue training; Assisted hoists and then Unassisted 3:1 and 6:1 hoists. Escaping the system was next, and we went through prussicing down to casualty to apply an improvised chest harness, an out of the system hoist and a counter balance abseil. Not bad for another short day's training. The rest of the day was spent climbing routes there until the sea told it was time to go home by throwing up some monster, crashing waves that got most people wet! Well done everyone for braving the forecast, it payed off.