Yesterday I was lucky enough to be offered a ride on a 12 passenger speed boat from Pembrokeshire to Lundy for a quick day hit. So at 7am 12 climbers met up at Neyland harbor and by 8am we were roaring out of the estuary at high speed and south onto the ocean, bound for the Granite Isle. Half way there we were met by a large pod of dolphins that swam with us for about 20 minutes. We also saw Gannets circling and diving for fish during our journey. It really felt magic.
We got to the Island about 10:30, unloaded all the gear and set off up the hill. I was climbing with a guy called Alun, who is a very experienced all round climber but had recently had a shoulder operation, but was keen to get lots done as he had not visited Lundy before. I had been there for a five day trip about four years ago, so knew the layout fairly well. The plan was to head over into Jenny's Cove which is about half way up the island, abseil into the base of the sea stack (the highest in England apparently) and climb a classic 3 pitch Hard-VS called The Devil's Chimney. That done we abseiled back down to the base to find that our approach to the start of our next route was just cut off by the rising tide. We scrambled up a grassy ridge back to our bags to re-plan. We decided to head back south to Landing Craft Bay and have a look about. Another abseil later we were standing at the bottom of a nice looking route called Road Runner, which gave wonderful face crack climbing and was climbed in one pitch. After that, still with a fair deal of time, we finished on a two pitch route called Centaur which gave good varied climbing on top quality granite.
We de-kitted and strolled off for a pint in the only pub on the Island, where all the rest of the teams also gathered. Magic.
The return journey was alot wilder and the passengers at the back of the boat (myself included) were soaked through after the first half an hour. We got back to Neyland to an incredible sunset, feeling very cold indeed but very happy. Thanks for sorting the trip out Trev.