May 2006.   Report by: Bryan Rynne


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Neither of us had climbed in Cornwall before, mainly due to the horrendously long journey from Edinburgh, but direct flights to Newquay from Edinburgh had recently started up, so it now seemed fairly accessible and well worth going to. We flew with Flybe, who also fly to Exeter. However, Newquay is a lot nearer the climbing areas than Exeter. The disadvantage of Newquay, is there are only two car hire companies, who have formed a cartel, so prices are very expensive (as are Flybe's prices ....).

By and large, the weather was good - one day of rain, and a couple of mornings with thick sea mist (think haar). This made the rock quite damp in the mornings, but the sun usually broke through and dried things very quickly, except in shaded corners. However, overall we had a very enjoyable week doing some tremendous, multi-starred climbs in T-shirts. Among the highlights were:

  • Anvil Chorus**, VS 4b, 4c (Bosigran)
  • Diocese***, VS 4c, 5a, 4b (Chair Ladder)
  • Saxon***, HVS 5a (Carn Kenidjack)
  • Variety Show**, HVS 5a (Great Zawn, Bosigran)