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Man's Head (Carrick Du)Cornwall, ENGLAND
Climbs 158 – Rocktype Greenstone – Altitude 5m a.s.l – Faces ?
MANíS HEAD, the area of cliffs at the western end of Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives, has long been a venue for scrambling, short problem climbs and even some limited deep water soloing. Although there is bouldering on the head itself the highest concentration of problems can be found in the small coves just to the west. There are many fine problems of V2 and below (U.K. technical grade 3a-5c), whilst the few classic V6-V7 problems (U.K. 6b-6c) make this a not-to-be-overlooked crag for the hard-core boulderer. Delightful on sunny summerís days and just a short distance from the centre of St. Ives and its beaches with climbing at all states of the tide, this area has much to offer.
Climbs at this crag
Approach: (Approximately 3 minutes.) From the car park at the western end of Porthmeor Beach join the South-West Coast Path and follow this west between Beach Road and Porthmeor Bowling Club for about 150 metres. The outcrops of the Double Overhang and Beginnerís Crack Areas should now be obvious.
The problems of the Double Overhang and Beginnerís Crack areas and Campground Wall are well above sea level and can be climbed at all states of the tide. Babel Cove can be accessed for three hours either side of low water whilst the bottom of the Approach Gully to Babel Cove, Minitower Cove, and The Twin Boulders are more tidal. The Sharkís Fin area needs to be visited half an hour to an hour either side of low water.
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