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NellWatson 10 Jan 2020

Looking at going to swanage tomorrow but there's medium-high winds. 30mph?

Would be happy on an inland crag but not too sure by the sea - anyone got any advice or knowledge about it?

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LastBoyScout 10 Jan 2020
In reply to NellWatson:

There's the sport routes @ Dancing Ledge, which are far enough from the edge to stay dry and could be reasonably sheltered.

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bpmclimb 10 Jan 2020
In reply to NellWatson:

Winspit, maybe?

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AJM 10 Jan 2020
In reply to NellWatson:

Magic seaweed for kimmeridge has reasonable swell forecast tomorrow.

If you do want to look for sea level stuff then Guillemot probably has one of the largest boulder beaches and you're near Dancing Ledge and Hedbury as a backup.

Subluminals starts above the sea but you have fewer backup options if the swell is soaking the ledge.

Use your own judgement and if you do go down consider the need for anchors at the bottom of routes in case of big waves.

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scott titt 10 Jan 2020
In reply to NellWatson:

I've just got back home from doing a few routes at Subluminal.  Although there was very little wind there  was a very big long swell running today, the only part of Subluminal that was dry was the section around High Street. Most of the Ruckle would have been unclimbable, as would most of the other sea cliffs. The wind strength tomorrow won't be a big problem in itself, but if it drives the swells the cliffs will be very wet. 

The sport climbing  in the quarries is unaffected by the wind and sea state. Winspit sport offers good shelter from the wind.

There is of course the option of trad climbing at St Aldhems Head, this is way above the sea; sheltered climbing can be found even in fierce South  Westerly winds.

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David Coley 10 Jan 2020
In reply to NellWatson:

Just do some of Wonderland that is above the swell

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NellWatson 10 Jan 2020

Thanks for the recommendations - will try Winspit !

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