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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
Zig-zag Wall Centre f3+ Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Zig-zag Wall V0- Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Two Break Flake V0- Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Miny Arête f3+ Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Meeny f3+ * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Eeny f3 Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Eeny Arête Right VB Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Eeny Arête Left VB Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Ho' V0- Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Mating Toads f5+ ** Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Right Leg f2+ * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Middle Leg f3 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Left Leg f3 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Easy Walling f5+ ** Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Easy Blocking f5+ Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Huge Slab Mantel f4+ Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
The High Road Direct V0+ * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
The High Road f3+ ** Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Upper Cube Traverse f4+ * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
The Cube Root f5 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Cube Arête f5 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Cube Left f5 Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Gripple Nipple f5 ** Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Gripple Three f5 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
Gripple Two f5 * Sent   16 Oct Stanage Popular
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