Up early met the others at just after 10 am and set off for Portland.
The trip wasn't a quick one despite that it was only 120 miles away,
took about 4 hrs. We arrived however at exactly the same time and
place as Matthew though, which was handy. We got to the place and
found lots of folks from mile end and the castle set up and climbing.
I proceeded to lead on an easy looking route and promptly fell
off after the first bolt landing correctly against the rock but
injuring my already damaged ankle from Greece, not badly enough
to slow me down though. So I applied some chalk which was necessary
and finished the route. We did a number of routes, myself and Daniel
led and the others followed on top ropes. We did a number of routes
there and rather worryingly saw a girl who had become wheelchair
bound from a fall. We then resited ourselves to a cliff we had
to ourselves and we went up a much longer route.
By the end of that it was getting dark. We drove to the caravan park
where myself and Sandy had stayed before on the Jurassic and got
ourselves a nice superior caravan. Maritza even got a double bed
to herself. I drove the guys all back out to the lugger inn and
we had a really good meal, before returning home to play with
the powerball and work out how to get the tv working so we
could watch family guy.
Up early and had a surprisingly nice shower in the caravan,
Maritza cooked an excellent breakfast and then we washed up
without the aid of washing up liquid or teatowels. Off then
to the other side of the island. We dropped down a steep path
to a spot between the big rocks and some cliffs. This was an
excellent spot. The big rocks were very good and I led a number
of F5 routes up it to set up top ropes for Sandy, Maritza and
Matthew, who still felt more comfortable top roping. Daniel
also had a go at a huge route on the main wall, which I
didn't even top rope. But I did have a go and led a 12m
F5 route up that wall the others all managed to get up
it though after a bit of a struggle at the start.
ate our sandwiches that we had bought or that Maritza
had prepared, and climbed on. Was a great day we
eventually felt tired some time after 3 PM and
headed back to the car. The drive back was better
than the drive down, the M3 looked bad so we took
the A3 and didn't lose too much time, we had one
quick stop for an ice cream, but were unlucky as
the petrol station didn't have them. I dropped
the guys at mile end as the district line was out.