James and I just had a weekend in Pembroke - possibly my favourite area for climbing, but it wasn't an overwhelming success.
Friday went well enough and I led Dreamboat Annie, a great classic, but Saturday starting very slowly. We were fully geared up when we were warned off a climb by a chap from the RSPB (that was near the edge of bird ban proper). Moving further along the cliffs we chose a second crag only for me to ab in to find a load of gull chicks on the ledges (a bird not rare enough to warrant a ban) so that idea was binned too. It wouldn't have been nice for them or us. Eventually we got climbing and I led a couple of great HVSs. After showing some promise on Friday, the less said about James' leading on Saturday the better!
We then drank some beer.
|Beach-side musings with beer in hand|
|Drunken Arete (Mod) a great new line straight off the beach |
(which we spent too long on and nearly got cut off by the tide)
My head was not in the right place come Sunday morning and I ended up flapping around on and dogging my way up another HVS. Point to note - avoid routes that following horrid diagonal cracks.
So - before our next trip, I really need to do some training.
|St Govan's Chapel|