Monday, 28 February 2011

Bristol calling

We have just spent the last week down south where we first checked out the limestone crag, Brean Down. We were staying at a friends in Bristol and then drove out to the coast where the crags was. I had heard that Brean was a great sport crag to head to when everything else was wet! So yeh we wanted to keep the sport fitness ticking and crack off some new routes that were dry. Brean sounded like a good bet! So anyway we spent 2 days there and did some decent routes. The weather was pretty awful which didnt help with the psyche but still managed the classics such as Chulilla 7b+, Tide Rising 7b+ and Storm Warning 7c+. The verdict on the cliff was that its a good place to head to when the weathers shit but its nothing special.

After that and a session at the Bristol climbing wall we drove up to Shrewsbury to head to the brillant Nesscliffe. This is by far one of my favorite crags and a real hidden away gem, with some of the most awe-inspiring trad lines I've ever seen!
The plan was to have a bash at some of the routes and do some bouldering. So first up was Berlin Wall at E7 6c (sport 7c+). This is a fantastic line, up a pocket infested wall with a mega sketchy top move and three old pegs to protect. I took the fall twice from the top and then got it 3rd go, just.
We then did some great bouldering with Ed ticking the classic Rigpa V8+, the fingery traverse Little Northumberland V9 and Little Wonderland V10.
Back home now for some more grit and hopefully Malham soon!

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