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Major Rockfall at Blacknor Central in Portland

A significant rockfall has occurred at Blacknor Central in Portland, likely affecting routes in the Pregnant Pause Area.

Rory on Pregnant Pause at Blacknor Central, 147 kb
Rory on Pregnant Pause at Blacknor Central
© Clipstick, May 2018

Leanne Coomber witnessed the rockfall. She told UKC:

'As far as I am aware no one was injured and the people climbing below at the Diamond Slabs appeared to be OK as we could see that they continued climbing. However, I do believe it is likely to have taken out some routes on Blacknor Central. I was climbing on the Battleship Cliffs at the time and the noise was incredibly loud. Quite scary watching it fall - I'm just so pleased no one got hurt.'

This post will be updated once full details are established.

UPDATE: Mick Ward kindly ventured down to the site to report back -

'There has certainly been a rockfall, seemingly quite localised and, from what I can see, no routes were affected. Specifically, some blocks about twenty feet to the right of the start of Valerian have collapsed. There was the usual mess on the path. I've cleared up the worst of this and heaved some blocks into the vegetation below. They should be (relatively!) OK here. The path is perfectly passable. I've been all the way round to Monsoon Malabar to check there aren't any other rockfalls. There are none.'



Forums 16 comments

 Could I mention that some locals have thrown a sofa over the cliff... I am going to see if the Free Portland News can print something about this (that's always assuming the sort of people that do this can read). ...
Good effort Mick. Could I mention that some locals have thrown a sofa over the cliff at Blacknor South above Captain Pugwash area. I am going to see if the Free Portland News can print something about this (that's...
Good work Mick! You beat me to it.  In answer to someone above, the path from Blacknor north to south is in good condition ATM, I walked it on Saturday. Thanks to dorset bolt fund et Al, getting past pregnant pause...
I've been down to have a thorough look - and a much longer think! There has certainly been a rockfall, seemingly quite localised and, from what I can see, no routes were affected. Specifically, some blocks about twenty...
I saw the rock fall happen exactly at the time when I was finishing a route on the Fallen Slab at Blacknor beach. When I peered over the top to admire the view, I saw two huge blocs in free fall from quite high up in...
It sounds like the rockfall was at almost exactly the midpoint between the North and South access paths, certainly everyone has a different opinion on whether it is quicker to get to Pregnant Pause by the North or...

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