This fine, outstanding buttress (in every sense of the word) is a delight, and home to a clutch of excellent multi-pitch up-and-sideways jaunts, such as the very exposed excursion of Welcome to the Cruise (HVS) and, if you add that elusive two-pitch classic, Deep Throat (E3), you'll have more than enough to throw yourself at for a day (and possibly the night too…).
The buttress is hard to view from the coast path, meaning knowledge is only gained after committing to an approach, although the photo to the right helps. Maximum adventure found right here - dust off your abseil rope and get on board.
riple Overhang is a touch nearer St Govan's car park than Stack Rocks car park.
From St Govan's car park - Walk for about 1¾ km west along the coast path to the second cattle grid. Continue for 150m then head left along the headland.
From Stack Rocks car park - Walk for about 2km east along the coast path to Mewsford where there is a mound of earth. Continue for about 400m then head right along the headland.
Approach (Routes 1 to 3) - Abseil direct down the groove of Galactic Co-ordinator to a small ledge at its base. Outside the nesting season you can scramble down easy rock to the left (looking in) of the buttress to reach this same point.
Approach (Deep Throat) - Make a spectacular free-hanging abseil to a non-tidal ledge at the base of the route. You will need to swing and place the odd runner to gain this ledge, but at low tide you will be able to scramble up to it. Outside the nesting season you can scramble down easy rock to the left (looking in) of the buttress and take an awkward high traverse line to the same point, or an easier low tide line. You can also abseil down for Galactic Co-ordinator and traverse across at any time of year although avoid rough seas.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.
Pembroke Vol 3 Range East - Stack Rocks to Hollow Caves Bay (2011), Pembroke (2009), Pembroke MiniGuide (2006),
Out of print: Pembroke (1995)
|1||Galactic Co-Ordinator||HVS 5a **||69|
|2||Pigs on the Wing||HVS 5a ***||80|
|3||Welcome to the Cruise||HVS 5a ***||27|
|4||Deep Throat||E3 5c **||22|
|5||Heart||E1 5b *||3|
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