Its been a busy time, here in Cornwall. I've been working with two students from EBO Training who are on their second week of climbing training in preparation for a Single Pitch Award training course. Both had never really climbed before, but now they are happily leading climbs of Very Difficult standard. At the end of the first week we went to the delightful crag at St Clether. Not the most extensive piece of rock, but it suited our needs and the crag is festooned with incut holds and pockets, making for easy climbing, despite it being relatively steep. Perhaps not worth the effort to make a special journey to visit it, if you are from out of county, but if you are down here on hoiliday, or just passing, it is worth seeking out.
Throughout the last couple of weeks, we visited many of the single pitch rock climbing venues in Cornwall. Perhaps the best know is at Sennen. Just a stones throw from Land's End and great surfing at Whitesand Bay, this crag is one of Cornwall's "Big Three" climbing venues (the other 2 being Bosigran and Chair Ladder).. Access isn't that easy and the large ledge at the bottom of the crag can be wave-washed in heavy seas, but there are plenty of climbs, at all levels to keep most people happy. It can be busy here during the summer holidays, but we had the place to ourselves. The Royal Marines use this crag to practise their climbing skills on occasions. Before anyone gets upset by this, it is worth remembering that it was the Marines that developed much of the early climbing here. In fact John 'Zeke' Deacon , one of their leading climbers, still lives in the area!
The British Mountaineering Council think that the rock climbing in Cornwall is so good, that they are holding their International Meet down here again, during May. I have been selected as one of the hosts, looking after 35 climbers from around there world. I will try and post reports as the week goes on, but I can't promise much, as communication links in the West Penwith area of Cornwall aren't that great at the moment. Information and updates of the Meet from the BMC can be found by clicking here.