Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 9 November 2012

09/11/12, Gower, South Wales - Rock Climbing

Dry Riser, Juniper Wall, excellent HVS routes, going across and up.
Scotland looked to be warming up by Monday evening, which it did, so I missed the early season winter action, but it didn't matter. I have had a few great days rock climbing on the Gower in South Wales. It is like a chilled, smaller, quiet Pembroke. Nothing too hard, most routes in the new select guide were sub E2 and we climbed loads of routes from Diff - E1 on 6 different cliffs, some where vertical and non-tidal with numerous girdle opportunities, some were slabby and on the beach. It didn't have loads of classic routes but still it was very enjoyable. Considering it was November, the weather was fair, cold, but not too bad, fine enough to climb a few trad routes with mid stances.

Enjoying another girdle! Fellowship of the Ring E1 5c at Paviland.

The Worm, (Norse word 'Verm' - sea monster)!

You are never far from a clean sandy beach on the Gower.

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