Pembroke Rucksack Club Meet – Part 2

The “late shift” of Martin, Dave, Helen, Jim and Claire arrived on Monday to keep the buzz going for another week, bringing a welcome improvement in the weather with them! Helen picked up where Jake left off, and we squeezed in a couple of routes on Stennis on Monday afternoon – Quick Step and the outstanding Hercules.

Mowing Word is a go-to destination when the firing range is open and the nesting restrictions in force (although a few routes are affected). The East Face also benefits from morning sun, non-tidal access and was sheltered from the prevailing westerly. Great conditions!

Jim on Forgotten Wall with Stackpole in the background

Photo shoot work for the prototype Climbers Against Cancer / “Get Out There!” T-Shirts continued, with Dave picking up the modelling duties.

Martin on Logos
Dave rapping in
Dave contemplating the crux of Second Initiation
E1… Who are they kidding!

Penally is another great venue to dodge birds and bullets. The unique “concretions” on Rusty Slab give some great climbing immediately above the sea.

Becks Point was a must visit for Fossil Turd, HVS, and the photogenic Becks Slab:

Plus a great vantage point to watch Dave and Martin on the underworld adventure of Magic Flute:

A double trip to St Govans East saw a sunny sea fret…

… replaced by a chilly westerly

Heading into the second weekend, we pretty much had the campsite to ourselves….

… and most of Range East. Here’s Helen abbing into the South West Face of The Castle where we battled some damp conditions to tick three of the HVSs before heading around to the sunny South Face for the excellent and much easier (on the day) Too Much Pressure, E1.

That left tide and time to coincide perfectly for another gap in the Top 50 tick list. Myola, on the outer walls of Huntsman’s Leap is an atmospheric trip for a HS…

Easy to spot the ab point – just head down a few meters to the left (looking out) of the red pot marking the limit of the bird restriction (or the Chuff who was strutting his stuff next to it):

Just time to catch a few pics of Martin in The Leap on Shape Up:

For the final day of the trip we were back on the Range exploring the Bosherston with Chakademus and Pliers, E1 and Warm Waves VS…

… and here’s Dave on Mistaken the Identity, E1

To round off the trip Helen and I headed around to the far end of Range East, passing the bird colony on Stack Rocks

… to saunter up Flimstone Crack to fill another gap in our “Top 50” ticking. The line is a bit indistinct (the better route is probably the Severe of Fantastic Four) so we did both to be on the safe side.

Fab week and a bit, with plenty of great climbing and company. Big thank you to Jack for the “meet coordination” and inspiration to come down.

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