Last Friday I met John, Tracey and their daughter, Georgia, for a days climbing at Cornwall's premier climbing venue, Bosigran. With it's non-tidal south-west outlook, and a host of quality climbs, at all grades, there is always something you can climb, no matter the conditions. We needn't have worried though, as the day turned out to be one of the few dry days of recent weeks. the only thing we had to contend with was a stiff breeze.
The day out was for Georgia, as a birthday treat. The family love the rugged coast of West Penwith (the part of the coast that runs from St Ives, round Land's End, to Penzance) and have always wanted to climb on the big cliffs that they have seen. Georgia was a brilliant little climber and performed exceedingly well, despite having never climbed outside before. Mum and dad did well too, especially Tracey as she doesn't like heights! In seven hours of climbing, we climbed 3 multipitch climbs and also did some abseiling - all of which left everyone a little worn out!
The weekend was a fun-filled boys weekend as I took my boys bouldering at Helman Tor (near Bodmin) and at The Barn climbing wall, near Launceston. The bouldering at Helman Tor is quite fierce as many of the problems rely on small, sharp, crystals for holds. That didn't stop the lads swarming all over the rock, with Sam completing some of the V0 graded problems.....not bad , seeing as he hasn't climbed in ages. Sunday was wet, so we ventured indoors. It was really great to see them so enthusiastic and it wasn't long before both of them were trying problems on their own...and succeeding. Looks like we will have to go again, and soon!