/ Souter Sea Stack
I am going up to Berwick this bank holiday weekend and have been thinking about having a go at the Souter sea stack. Does anyone know what the conditions are likely to be? How hard is it and what is the approach like? The missus is a competent second but can get freaked out at times so will this be a bit much? Also, what is the descent like? Will I need to leave gear behind or is there likely to be something to belay off?
Living in Sheffield I have not yet done any sea cliff climbing and it is something that I really need to do at some point so this seems like a good opportunity!
Any advice much appreciated.
That all sounds like a pretty good review for it! Thanks for replying, all I need to do now is talk the missus into it. I think that may well be the crux for the whole idea!!
Er? Sorry what now?
I haven't done the route, but calm seas will likely reduce the freak factor significantly!
Did the HVS route round the back (facing the sea) about 4 years back. Great route, very clean, protection pretty good as I remember- 1 abseil. If your doing that just watch the tides for access and if you dont get up it retreat could involve a swim if the tide comes in!
We were orginally going to do the vs original route facing the cliff but it was covered in bird shit and didnt look very inviting. I think it was around this time of year.
The Ordinary route (HVS round the back) is truly fantastic! I would also highly recommend Plain Sailing (fairly sustained E1 with perfect protection, reasonably high in the grade).
It is worth noting however that some of the rock at the Souter can be a bit snappy, so take care. I'm sure with a bit more traffic most of that would clear up.
So there's no need for kids inflatable tyrolean or any of that jazz. Get the tide right and you can walk to the base?
Yeah, its absolutely fine. You can make it round at low tide without a swim (I think we walked in bare feet up to our knees) then you abseil down the cliff side to finish and, again, walk back. The rock was really clean when we did it so Im guessing it must see a fair bit of traffic
If the first person abs down they can wander back up to the top of the cliff and get a great piccy of the lucky partner on the stack. Worth doing-looks a bit like a min-totem pole but not nearly as hard!
hope that helps
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