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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Jersey!

Me and Jake were heading on a trip to jersey, hopefully to find fine granite sea cliffs! On the way, we stopped off at haytor to see what granite was really like. Not overly inpressed by the over polished haytor, we did one route each and then had a cream tea.

When we arrived on Jersey we picked up our guide book from 'Kevin' who seemed to think we had a car so I had to explain how we were only 15.....
Very Good guide by the way! - http://www.jerseyclimbs.com/

We decided to go to the 'Nethe', where Kevin and his friend were climbing. Our first ever sea cliff route ended up being a 65 metre three pitch multipitch which had some fantastic climbing and great positions!


Toping out the route.


The Nethe! one of the best crags on jersey?
A few days later, we went to La rouge nez, a fantastic single pitch sea cliff.
When we arrived though, the belay ledge appeared to be a bit damp.....

So we warmed up on the small pinnacle.





At last the tide went out so we went to the main crag, can get pretty scary belaying when the waves are crashing over your back!

Open heart surgery - HVS 5a/5b

After an ascent of the fantastic 'open heart surgery' I decided enough was enough and that I may as well try getting on something hard, so I tried 'Jersey Girl' E2 5c.


Jersey Girl (original finish) ascends the blank looking wall right of the main crack (chalk marks) and continues up to the red steak at three quarter height, and then step right into the crack to the top.

The tide had only just gone out and it was 20 odd degrees by now. I slipped off on the first few moves, but after a false start I climbed the route without a fall although it definately felt hard for me. Really pleased to get my first E2!

The next day, we headed to the south and found a cool costal bouldering venue at the west end of beauport. Managed a font 6a+ and a 6c but no pictures :P.

We also found another cool costal bouldering venue on the west coast north of Gorey on an odd conglomerate shale type rock, was pretty cool! though crimps to seem to fall off....


Pain!

Nice Prow.  Bum beans font 6a


Another loose prow 'Shale' font 5+
Later that day, we biked up to the north of the island. I didnt really feel to psyched for climbing but Jake lead a good slabby route, which took a bit of getting too!


All In all a really good trip! Climbed some superb routes and Got my first E2, love granite two! And sea cliffs! Ace :)
P.S. Thank you to Kevin and other Jersey climbers, for allowing us to venture onto there superb crags :).

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