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Best Climbing Experience

I have had many great climbing experiences over the years - early days on grit and in North Wales in the 80s, creeping up the grades; sport climbing in the early 90s in leafy Chee Dale and sunny France; holidays on the Spanish Costas in the mid 90s; and more recently with taking my children out for their first experiences. Probably the best climbing time I have had (so far) were the years I spent obsessed with Pembroke from 1987 to publishing the Pembroke Rockfax in 1995 - great climbs, great routes and great company in one of the most beautiful areas in the world for rock climbing. To pin point an actual moment would be difficult, so I'll choose three: sitting on top of Star Gate after cruising this peerless climb and experiencing "most of the Atlantic Ocean beneath my feet" on the final moves; finding Darkness at Noon in perfect conditions and grabbing an ascent late one day when we were expecting "just another Leap E5"; and clawing over the top of Trevallen after a tenuous ascent of Orange Robe Burning, forearms burning, eyes on stalks, friends waiting at the top.

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Name Grade Style Partner(s) Notes Feedback Date Crag name
Savasana 6a+ Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Just After Fifty 6a * Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Johnny Fartpants 6c+ * Lead dog   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Apple Crumble 6a * Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Horoscope 6b * Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Wall Street 6b+ ** Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
1066 to Temple Meads 6b Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Assassin bug 6a * Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Orgy of Ruin 6a+ Lead   25 Jul Frogsmouth Quarry
Mazurka VB * -   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Mazurka VB * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Tarantella f4+ * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Conqueror S 4a * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Upna Down S 4a Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Marimba Direct f5 * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Marimba VS 5a * Lead Sam James-Louwerse, Andy... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Green Dragon S 4a * 2nd Andy Ovens - UKC and UKH, Sam... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Smelter D Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Ore VD * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Galena S 4a * 2nd Andy Ovens - UKC and UKH, Sam... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Toil Arete HVS 5a * 2nd Andy Ovens - UKC and UKH, Sam... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Luckystrike HS 4b * 2nd Andy Ovens - UKC and UKH, Sam... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Stake a Claim E1 5c * Lead Andy Ovens - UKC and UKH, Sam... 22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Gangue Way f3+ * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
Friar Tuck f4+ * Solo   22 Jul Healaugh (Crag Willas)
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