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Pembroke Sea Cliff Climbing Adventures.

Range East and back to Disco Buttress

Good day out yesterday with Chris and Choire in Range East. The sea was wild, so staying away from it's watery grip was a major concern. This was mainly successful, barring one minor wetting. After rethinking our original objective we settled for Galactic Co-ordinater, a lovely two pitch route on the Triple Overhang Buttress. That done we took an airy abseil into the left side of Blockhouse Buttress to get funky on the two pitch route Startruck, and what a voyage into the land of  the up side down that was... Great fun with two cheeky chappies. Today it was time to get Choire and Chris's VIP tickets to the newly opened Disco Buttress.  Chris got his wiggle on by jumping on Disco Tech. Choire took at flyer off Disco Leg, and after a short rest got back on and topped it out - nice one Choire! To finish off, we headed over to west side of Disco Buttress and threw a rope down on a meaty looking line through a large roof and slash crack above. After a quick top rope try, I led it to give a two star E2 5b named Panic at the Disco. Wish I'd saved it for the onsite! Great couple of days guys.

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Pembroke Sea Cliff Climbing 

This weekend saw Climb Pembroke running another BMC course on Sea Cliff Improvised Rescue training, for affiliate club members in North Pembrokeshire. Eight participants spent the weekend looking at various skills that can sort out minor problems, to full blown epics. The more I run these type of courses, the more I realise that these skills are so vital to climbers taking them selves into committing areas. Thanks everyone for coming and I hope you all feel a lot happier with your future climbing. 

Yesterday I was out with Alice, who wanted to brush up on her rope work and anchor set ups (also in North Pembrokeshire), Porthclais was heaving with groups, so we headed to a little known spot a short walk further on, to go through skills for the day. As with the rescue weekend, the weather was great and there were times I felt a bit too hot... Nice one Alice, it was great to catch some rays with you while boosting skills! 

Intro to Trad Multi-Pitch and an Evenings Cragging

Sea Cliff Climbing in Pembrokeshire

On Tuesday I met up with Ryan and Ffion by Penally and went over to Proud Giltar for the day. Both Ryan and Ffion have a lot of indoor climbing experience but had never gone trad climbing before. We had a grey day, journeying around the cliff and passing on trad seconding skills along the way. Nice to get out with you guys. 

Yesterday I went for an evening climbing session with Jake at Bosherston Head, in South Pembs. I was keen to give a new route a try that I had seen a few days before. After a few goes and a couple of lobs, I admitted defeat and climbed up to the top via Joybringer. I pointed Jake at a line that I had seen that was also unclimbed and Jake dispatched that one successfully! I finished the day by romping up Solitaire.  

More Exploration in North Pembrokeshire

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of hooking back up with Gav' and be taken to a small new crag that he'd discovered and had been playing about on recently. It's at the entrance to Solva Harbour, on the opposite side of the Harbour Wall Crag and on beautiful igneous rock. Gav' kicked off with soloing a short HVS that takes the right side of the wall. After watching Gav' I thought I'd better follow suit - good little number. Gav' then soloed the E3 arete on the left side, again on wonderful rock but a hideous landing if it all went wrong... He named this route Men of Harlech - after the song sang by the soldiers to the zulus in the film Zulu. I was glad that he soloed it with a rope on (so I could top rope it in safety). After that Gavin turned his attention to the central line of the crag that  went with a feisty move and christened Sing Damn You, and going at E2 5c. This crag is small and not likely to be destined for greatness, but it holds a lot of the factors that I love about climbing. Gavin discovered this crag after a working day through a thirst for exploration and by him self. He saw potential for climbs without the need for a guide book. He then put to bed the routes that he could solo with out use of mats. Nice one Gav'. 

Work and Play - A Busy Few Days

At the end of last week I was out in the St. David's area with Allan, an experienced rock climber with over 40 years climbing experience. He was down in Pembrokeshire on holiday with his wife and was basically after a belayer who could also drop in some local knowledge so he could get leading some cool routes. After a very quick check that his skills were sound, it was over to him and I enjoyed a day of belaying and seconding brilliant routes :-) 

Over the weekend I was running an Introduction to Sea Cliff Climbing course for the BMC. This had three people on it: John, Malcolm and Rachael, who were all super keen to develop existing skills to feel happier pushing their limits in exciting places as well as being confident to take less experienced climbers out themselves. We covered lots of important skills and even got to climb some great routes too - Nice! 

On the Saturday evening, after work I also met up with Edmund and climbed a route that had been on my tick list for far too long - Lucky Strike at Rusty Walls. What a great route! If you've not done it yet, don't delay, do it today!!