Wimberry Boulders

You’d be hard pressed to find more different climbing experiences in December than Tenerife sports climbing and Wimberry boulders – Orange v Green; 22C v 8C; bolts v crash mat; dry & dusty v gopping and soggy; sun v shade (there would have been a few rays, but the boulders don’t emerge from the shadows of the hillside until April!) Imagine my state of shell-shock to find myself at the latter less than a week after leaving the former, but Jake was insistent that we should take my new bouldering mat for a spin (thank you Santa!). We picked up Andy and Hamish on the way, and even these local hardcore enthusiasts were sceptical about the wisdom of Wimberry, suggesting sunnier, drier and more sheltered options, but we decided to “have a look”.

A look at The Sugar Loaf confirmed all the worst fears, and a token ascent of the heavily chipped Way Down, 4+, seemed like it might be all we got done. However, the other side of this huge cube revealed more dry(ish) rock and mild optimism started to build. Local Hero, 6B+

… and Left Arête

Heading further up the hill, Sloping Top offered a trilogy of problems on crimpy holds to a green-tinged top-out.

Meanwhile Jake headed further up the hill for a recce of The Fish and reported more dry rock. He put his fridge-hugging skills to good use with a speedy send of Fish Arête, 7A

Then topped this with the long lip traverse of Coarse Traverse, 7A

and the even more impressive Dark Matter, 7C

Back down for a tussle with The Tank, and Andy and Jake finished off with the tall Think Tank, 6B

Enough of that – properly chilled (Dad), totally chuffed (Jake) and generally pumped (Everyone) we decided to call it a wrap on a surprisingly successful day.

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