Monday, 9 May 2011

Cornwall 2011 - Part 2

28th Apr - 2nd May 2011

That's why we were there.

Thursday 28th, From Warrington to Bosigran -

Following an early start, leaving Warrington at 5:30am, Chris and Andy arrived in Botallack just before noon. They quickly pitched their tents at the well appointed Trevaylor Caravan and Camping Park and by 2pm were already at Bosigran.


Black Slab 33m Diff. 2*.

Climbers on Doorpost.

After a full  afternoon's climbing, including an ascent of Doorway, they headed back to Botallack for dinner at the Queen's Arms and to await the arrival of Malcolm.

Friday 29th, Commando Ridge -

Bosigran again, this time with Malcolm for an ascent of the huge and magnificent Commando Ridge.

Malcolm on the belay at the start of the first pitch.

The first pitch, from the sea, up the side, to the crest of the ridge.

Commando Ridge 198m V.Diff. 3*.

Saturday 30th, Chair Ladder -

After driving to the tiny hamlet of Porthgwarra, Chris, Andy and Malcolm walked up to the old coastguard lookout on Gwennap Head above the cliff known to climbers as Chair Ladder.

Malcolm abseiling to start of Terrier's Tooth.

The tidal ledges below Chair Ladder.

The Pinnacle, home of Terrier's Tooth 39m HS. 3*.

Malc and Chris by the Runnelstone markers.

After the ascent of Terrier's Tooth and another abseil to get back down off the pinnacle, the tide was coming  in rendering many other routes inaccessible. Also, since it was the Saturday of a bank holiday weekend, the remaining routes were busy. Eventually they opted for a walk along the cliffs back to Porthgwarra and some tea and cake.

Sunday 1st, Geevor and Sennen -

The day started with heavy cloud and constant rain, so after breakfast Malcolm went off to visit his son, leaving Chris and Andy to find something interesting to do. They settled on a visit to the Geevor Tin Mine, including an underground tour.

Victory Shaft at Geevor Tin Mine Museum.

A vibrator.

Vibrating tables in the mill.

After emerging from the mine, they found that it was still grey and drizzling so they went to Sennen Cove for a walk along the cliffs to show Chris some of the climbs that he should aspire to climb on another ocasion.

Demo Route at Sennen.

The wreck of the RMS Mulheim.

Lands End and the Longships Lighthouse.

Sennen Cove.

Monday 2nd, Gurnards Head and Right Angle -

Leaving Malcolm, who was intending to make his own way home later that morning, Andy and Chris set out early, in the face of gale force winds, to bag a sneaky ascent of Right Angle at Gurnard's Head. Fortunately, on arrival at the cliff they found that the route was sheltered and they were able to proceed with confidence. Right Angle is an unusual route in that the first two pitches traverse and down-climb to the bottom of a huge corner, on any other three-pitch route, at the end of the second pitch you would expect to be well on your way to safety, instead of at the bottom of a steep and imposing corner with the sea roiling at your feet.

Chris at the belay after the first pitch.

Chris down-climbing on the second pitch.

The view from the belay in the niche at the end of the second pitch.

The way out.

Just checking that the belayer is still there.

Right Angle 75m HS. 3*, Gurnard's Head.

Anyway, the route went smoothly on this occasion and they were back at the car in time to stop for an excellent cream tea at Rosemergy Farm. That was followed by a stop in Penzance to top up with fuel and by 2pm they were on their way home. It was a great introduction to Cornish climbing for Chris, a number of classic and potentially epic routes were despatched without mishap, and only one day out of four was lost to rain. A good result.

The tea garden at Rosemergy Farm.