Lundy boasts 4 routes in Extreme Rock. Unfortunately, one has fallen down, one is rumoured to be overgrown and another is simply too hard (sad, because “Widespread Ocean of Fear” has to be the coolest route name anywhere! ). That left Wolfman Jack as my main objective for the trip.
We found the right buttress after the usual wandering through the bracken, and I was a bit surprised to find a bloke with his two lads setting up an ab. And quite put out that they were on “our” route. Guy and I rapped down to do the adjacent Venus Flytrap, an equally outstanding E2.
This proved to be an apt name, with the “trap” being a very goey last 20ft through a roof, quite a way above gear.
Meanwhile, the youngest of the youths was making slow but very steady progress up Wolfman Jack….
Back down at the bottom of the crag we got chatting with “Dad” who turned out to be a German making his 10th pilgrimage to Lundy. We shared experiences of being burned off by talented offspring (his impressively strong and capable son is only 14!) and our mutual passion for sea cliffs.
It was then my turn for a crack at the route, and I have to say my admiration for the cool head of Tilman’s son grew further – I ended up taking a couple of breathers whilst I grappled with some smeggy holds. Nonetheless, a fantastic route.
Back for a lazy afternoon in the sun before Steve and Jackie served up a great BBQ.