Photos and report from Matt who’s been out with regular visitor Chris.
Back in Devon for a couple of days with Vertical Frontier’s regular Chris.
With the ever changing wind direction and rain coming at us from all angles, it was a last minute decision to head East to try and escape the rain for as long as possible, and hopefully drop out of the strong wind. Chris was keen for a bit of sea cliff climbing so we headed for Red Wall at Berry Head.
Monday: Plan C Red Wall, Berry Head
Out of the wind and rain, we managed to get some great climbing in on Red Wall, climbing Abbot’s Way and Binky, both with a tricky traverse to the start and the sea nipping at our heels. Then after lunch a couple of other great routes. Rain was due at 5:00 so we climbed the last route with packs on to get the most out of the day, and the rain started to hit the windscreen as we left the car park.
Tuesday: Plan B Dewerstone, Dartmoor
The forecast was a little better for today so we headed into the forest surrounding the dewerstone for some of Dartmoor’s finest granite. Chris was keen for some time on the sharp-end so we spent some time refreshing on anchors and gear placement and he was off. Route B, one of the best VDiffs on the moor, we alternated the leads with Chris taking in the 1st and the crux of the 3rd pitch. A quick bite to eat and keen for some more leading, we tackled Muckey Gully, another great route. This brought us to the end of a couple of great days climbing, Chris’s first climbs of the year an outright success.