Brean Down is the 'classic' choice on weekends like this, but sadly it's becoming a victim of it's own success. It's far too crowded on the weekends given the moderate selection of routes - (someone needs to get on and bolt Ocean Wall - a different topic).
Good news is that this allowed us to check out some of the less well known Winter Sun Traps!:
We started out at Tintern Quarry. The quarry itself is huge, however most of the climbing is - bluntly put - rubbish (very loose). The Red Dust Wall has some great looking routes, gently overhanging on solid rock 6b-7b+ although we avoided it as it doesn't get the winter sun. (kudos to Tom for trying Ashes to Ashes 6c+**).
It is however nicely sheltered, and Thirty Foot Wall (more like 20ft) gets the sun all day and has some worthwhile routes 5-6a+. We had fun:
We then moved over to Wyndcliffe Quarry. This place is split in to two teirs, the top having a couple of impressive longer routes, and the lower, although short, has a really good wall of 6c+ test pieces on flowstone. There are also plenty of good routes at around 6a.
|Tom on ~ Fr5 Thirty Foot Wall|
|Dave on ~ Fr6a Wyndcliffe Quarry Lower Tier|
|Finishing off 2013's unfinished business! - Photo Tom Skelhon 2013.|
Moving on to Jen's unfinished business we headed up to Cheddar - Pride Evans Cave to get on Sing A Mean Toon, Kid. Which is hard 7b+, perhaps 7c. 20m gently overhanging climbing, no full rest, exposed position, and a stretchy on-off V3 at the end makes this a tricky tick! Jen is looking very close and I am also feeling much closer after a some winter training. Cheddar isn't renowned for it's winter warmth, but this face (and many others) catch the sun. 11:30-3:30pm works here. Thanks for working the camera Ian!
|Starting out up Sing a Mean Toon, Kid - 7b+/7c - Photo Ian Cooper|
|The bottom half is 7a/+ with no real rest - Photo Ian Cooper|
|Jen setting up for the final tricky, slappy, last move - Photo Ian Cooper|
Hopefully the first couple of many a sunny weekend!