Deep water soloing in Dorset.

A crowd of us headed to Swanage for Gary’s birthday weekend and enjoyed some fantastic climbing on the cliffs at Conner Cove and Stair Hole. Troubled Waters, The Conger, Freeborn Man, Fathoms, The Maypole and Horny Little Devil were all climbed during the weekend. I was delighted with an ascent of The Conger after falling off a couple of years ago. Fathoms was an awesome climb with an exciting finish and I fell of Horny Little Devil just before the great no-hands kneebar rest. My camera battery died on arrival so thanks to Barra and Mike Robertson for the photos from the UKC gallery. I hope they don’t mind me showing them here!

The Conger (Photo by Barra)

The Conger (Photo by Barra)

Fathoms (Photo by Mike Robertson)

Fathoms (Photo by Mike Robertson)

Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Deep Water Soloing, Sea Cliff Climbing, Swanage | No Comments »

Introduction to sea cliff climbing in Swanage.

Kate, Nathan and I took a trip to Swanage for a hot and sunny weekend of chilled-out climbing by the sea. Our first day was at Subliminal, a good introduction to Swanage trad climbing with short routes and good belay ledges well above the high tide line. First we climbed Bypass. Then, whilst I was leading Balcony, a climber on a route to our left clipped some in-situ gear, climbed well above it without backing it up, fell off and narrowly missed hitting the deck, breaking his ankle as he swung hard and fast into the rock underneath. Broken ankle and the shock aside, he kept smiling and was rewarded with some giggling gas and a free flight in a helicopter. The day was rounded off nicely when my Mum, who lives near Weymouth, came to meet us for a fantastic dinner in the Ship Inn.

After the heat and excitement of Saturday, we opted for some shade on Sunday and explored the sport climbing of Winspit Quarry in a relaxed and lazy fashion.

Paul belaying Nathan up Bypass.

Paul belaying Nathan up Bypass.

Nathan topping out on Bypass.

Nathan topping out on Bypass.

Helicopter Help.

Helicopter Help.

An orange paramedic drops in from the sky.

An orange paramedic drops in from the sky.

Giggling Gas.

Giggling Gas.

Up, up...

Up, up...

...and away!

...and away!

Paul on Know What I Mean Pal.

Paul on Know What I Mean Pal.

Nathan belaying Kate on Know What I Mean Pal.

Nathan belaying Kate on Know What I Mean Pal.

Kate about to belay Nathan up the tricky start of Resin Devotion.

Kate about to belay Nathan up the tricky start of Resin Devotion.

Posted: July 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Sea Cliff Climbing, Swanage, Trad Climbing | No Comments »

Sea cliff adventures at Swanage.

Andy and I camped at Woody Hide and enjoyed two great days of hot sunshine as we made our acquaintance with Boulder Ruckle.

Sometimes it’s necessary to descend a little from the top of the cliff in order to check that you are actually about to abseil into the correct spot…

Checking out the abseil into Boulder Ruckle.

Checking out the abseil into Boulder Ruckle.

After an easy warm-up route we got on Tatra – a steep and strenuous first pitch followed by a committing traverse and a tricky corner to finish.

Shaking out after the strenuous start to Tatra.

Paul shaking out after the strenuous start to Tatra.

 Our second day finished with Finale Groove, a brillant line up a steep corner and a thoughtprovoking finish…

Unknown climber on Finale Groove.

Unknown climber on Finale Groove.

Posted: July 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Multi Pitch Climbing, Sea Cliff Climbing, Swanage, Trad Climbing | No Comments »
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