“Only birds and climbers can be here,” says one of our party as he looks around. “Just climbers and birds.”
He’s right. Rock ledges plummet. Cliff faces soar. Birds wheel. An azure sea glints. And always, below, the surge of the waves. It’s a coast somehow filtered in intensity, as if in super slow-mo.
There’s also a very real sense of danger – here experience, kit and best practice save lives.
It’s a place where nerve and skill are tested to the limit. Beginners (me) learn big lessons. Experienced climbers are beyond generous with their time.
This is unlike anything else. It’s frightening. It’s exhilarating. This is sea cliff climbing. Try it – it might just sneak a foothold in your soul …
How to take part This sea cliff climbing experience was at the BMC’s Cornish Climbing Festival at Bosigran. Members of Four Points Climbing were hugely welcoming. Sincere thanks too to Scott Titt for guidance, and instructor Sally Lisle for sharing her time and skill.
The British Mountaineering Council has info and advice for climbers of all levels. This Girl Can Climb and Women Climb are also top sources of inspiration. Thanks also to Plymouth High Sports for helping me learn (see you guys after my Himalaya trip … :-))