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A Range West and Pumping Sea Beating

Today I was back out with Edmund and we had planned a trip to Range West. Ed' had never been there before, but had attended the R.W briefing that is required to gain formal access to climb within this pretty hardcore military firing zone. We got to the guard room around 9 and were issued our day passes. Off to Stack Rocks car park we went, and with passes attached to our back packs, we entered the Range. I had hopes of climbing a route in the Perimeter Bays area but found it was seeping and reconsidered my plans. As Ed was so keen to head to the incredible overhanging wall at Greenham Common, so we headed there. Ed has his sights on the classic Tasmanian Devil but on arrival, a quick scout about proved that most of the wall was wet. I suggested he jump on the dry two star E2, Spot The Dog. Having both climbed that and low tide in an hour, I wanted to check out a couple of routes at Mount Sion East, approached by an entertaining abseil down a constricted hole that opens up to a "non tidal platform". Unfortunately today the non tidal platform was getting sprayed by booming waves. Ed joined me and it was soon clear that any of the routes I had in mind were dripping wet with sea spray. We scurried west to find a more sheltered spot (not before i received a full wetting by an impressively large crashing wave). Soaked to the skin, the only route that looked dry was Diedre, another E2, that Ed informed me that was "E3 in the old guide". I instantly handed the rack to him. Ed set off. As I belayed, I kept more attention on the size of each wave rolling in then on Ed. A couple of other monster waves hit the "non tidal ledge" and I got a fresh wetting. It didn't take me long to get going when Ed shouted to climb. I arrived at the top wooden with cold and feeling very glad that I had got Ed to lead the pitch. Good route but defiantly top end E2! After a quick lunch break and a flick through the guide, all of the nearby routes that I had wanted to get on were obviously out of bounds because of the big sea, so I again handed over to Ed and we headed back to Greenham Common, where Ed jumped on the classic two pitch E4 Civil War. Ed did very well, I didn't. Not my best day's climbing but hey, you can't win 'em all...