Went out rock climbing today with a new partner. I had met Carwyn on the Lundy trip last Sunday and we had exchanged numbers to get out climbing back home in Pembrokeshire. This morning we drove to the Stackpole Quay car park, and walked up, over and down to Barafundale beach, then up onto the coastal path and the top of our crag for the day: Shakehole Bay.
I have had an interest with this east facing crag for a few months, having been drawn to a full length, swooping break line cutting through the central section of the cliff. I had visited the crag on my own a couple of weeks back and was even more fired up by the look of the break line and a possible full traverse.
Me and Carwyn abseiled down to the niche 6m up Fruit Beaver, belayed and the adventure started.
Five roped pitches, two falls, a bit of loose rock, Hanging belays, numerous rests, no food or drink and 70m later me and Carwyn were sitting at the top laughing about what a bonkers thing to do, seeing as we had never climbed together before!
I've decided to call it Slasher. We had a real adventure on it. The route is well protected throughout, will require lots of medium sized cams and a single rack of nuts. I would say the route will probably go at about hard E2 5b. There are no super hard bits but it's varied, pumpy, continuously involving but on good holds. I would whisper a star or two?... Go and do it and take lots of medium cams!!