The Fascist and Me © Liam Postlethwaite
For some people the hardest thing about Trevallen is getting back out again. There will be a few climbers out there who have abseiled down to do the classic The Hole (HVS) and then struggled to do the start move only to realise that there is no easier escape; persistence usually gets you up though, since above the start it lets up considerably. If you get through this initiation test un-scarred then a whole host of treasures awaits, in fact there is more quality hard climbing here than anywhere else apart from Huntsman's Leap. The climbing follows a distinct series of bands which slope downwards towards the St Govan's end. The lower band contains the meat of most of the routes - some with good gear, like Sunlover (E3) and Yellow Pearls (E5); and a few big run-outs like Ships that Pass in the Night (E5); but all have immaculate and steep rock. The middle band is much more compact giving some bold sections on many routes like Dogs of Hoare (E5) - usually more technical than pumpy though. The top of the crag has a series of huge juggy breaks which is nowhere better experienced than on The Fascist and Me (E4).
Tidal on routes East of Romany; non-tidal elsewhere.
Dates: 1 March to 1 August
Reason: Nesting Birds
No Climbing due to nesting Choughs between "The Energy Funnel’ to ‘Enter the goat’ inclusive plus the traverse line, ‘Old Dog, New Tricks’.
The peregrine are back on the ledge at ‘The Hole’, therefore the restricted area includes ‘Sound of the Suburbs’ to ‘Endangered Species’, including "The Hole".
The main abseil approach past "The Hole" can be used in 2019 but please do not hang around for longer than necessary to avoid disturbing nesting birds.
The route "The Hole", being the easiest route out of Trevallen, should only be climbed as an emergency escape.
|Has anyone been up Fulmar Pants recently?? has the second pitch altered significantly since the guide books were written? the crack is shattered and falling apart, the hand traverse is unprotectable and the move up to the easy finishing corner is desperate and loose. Should have guessed something was up by all the gear left behind to allow retreat. A warning should be added to let any body know they are in for a desperate time with v serious consequences if you come off the hand traverse ie. don't bother..|
Paul Bowen - 28/Aug/07
|Don't make the mistake we made on our first visit to Trevallen, which was to abseil on our twin 9mm's, assuming that we'd be alright to pull them down after us... Ho ho. They got stuck in the erosion 'gully' by the main abseil point, and it took a good hour of awkward scrambling to get to St.Govan's and up the descent there (this traverse to St.Govan's can be impossible if the tides are wrong). TAKE A SEPARATE AB ROPE!!!|
Nick Smith - UKC - 02/Mar/05
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