It’s almost time for one of the highlights of the meets calendar - The Cornwall Summer Solstice Meet!
This one’s quite special - aside from the excellent climbing, on the Saturday everyone heads down to Porthcurno beach for a barbecue.
The club brings the apparatus and the charcoal, the members bring the ingredients and its always excellent fun. Suggest organising provisions with your driver.
We stay at Treen farm campsite (https://www.treenfarmcampsite.com/) where I have booked our usual area. The campsite only takes cash so please bring that and I will collect it from everyone on Saturday morning. It’s in a pretty idyllic spot and we’re lucky they let us nab the same spot every year given they don’t take reservations normally, so please be nice etc.
There’s a small shop at the campsite which serves pasties and coffee (and guidebooks).
For the uninitiated Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s finest climbing. Granite sea cliffs and outcrops like Bosigran, Chair Ladder and Sennen offer some excellent climbing in spectacular situations. Single-pitch and multipitch, there’s lots for all levels, all grades. A number of venues (e.g. bosigran) don’t require abseil descents and are easily escapable, which reduces seriousness compared to e.g. Pembroke.
That said, if you’re unsure if you’ve got the skillset just drop me a message and happy to discuss.
Please fill in asap so I can give the campsite an idea of numbers! I will organise lifts based on the sheet.
I haven’t done any trad yet and can’t abseil either.
Would any kind soul be up for putting up with me and showing me the ropes?
I’m keen to go, but I’m a complete newbie and don’t want to be a drag on anyone.
@LIon@dlsmartins Bosigran in particular has a lot of easier grade climbing that requires no abseils to access nor exit from and is not affected by tides. So does Sennen but the style there is a bit shorter and 'arder (and in high tides much of it can be affected).
Hi folks, sorry to miss one more highlight of this year’s calendar. Hopefully things will quiet down towards the end of the summer and allow me a bit more time for climbing. Have a great time everyone!
@Mark_W those are the definitive guides and thus, er, most definitive, but for a weekend trip the Rockfax South West Climbs is enough, as is the relevant volume of the Climber’s Club selective that goes by the same name.
Hi Mark - you’d need both definitive ones to be one the safe side depending how self sufficient you are with transport (Bosigran is North, Chair Ladder south e.g. - both popular venues). But as Paul said I’d just get a selective (climbers club also do a selective guide though can’t vouch for it’s quality).
That said there will definitely be guidebooks around to borrow.
I’m definitely up for it! Highlight of the NLMC year. Leaving North London on Friday - ideally leaving in the morning so as to grab an afternoon climbing. I’ll be in my van and have room for another 2 people