Three weeks ago we decided to go on holiday in the UK. Between the freezing rain showers and gale-force winds I was reminded what a brilliant place this is if you are a climber. We may not always have the weather, but we certainly have the rock.
Our 2 week break was a complete mix of styles with trad, bouldering and sport climbing all featuring. A definite highlight was Easter weekend in Pembroke when the sun finally decided to shine and we had three perfect days climbing classics on the beautiful Welsh sea cliffs. The best day out was climbing the multi-pitch Daydreams (E2 5b) at Mewsford. A beautiful line in a great location. I was very sad when we decided to leave.
Malham proved frustrating with conditions, temperatures being either far too hot to climb or far too cold to keep warm. However, our few days there did give me the chance to get re-acquainted with some old projects like Victor Hugo (8b) and to suss out some new ones like Bat Route 8c (a way to go there – strength training starts this week!).
The best thing about the trip was that it revived my love of all things climbing. I even enjoyed getting stuck into some power problems in Parisella’s Cave when the weather proved too grim to go anywhere else.
Perfect climbing conditions aren’t guaranteed most of the time in the UK, but when the sun shines there is no better place to be. We spent this last weekend in North Wales multi-pitch sport climbing, trad climbing and bouldering on several different rock types in the most stunning location. Where else in the world can you do that?[vimeo