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 »

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