Sunday, September 19, 2010


Yesterday I went climbing with Audrey, whom I mentioned in my post about The Castle, and Saoirse, another girl who works there, down on a little Island (I guess technically a peninsula due to the land bridge not much wider than the road that connects it to the mainland) on the southern coast of England. The area is called Portland, within the county of Dorset, which is where one finds, apparently, some of the best limestone in the UK.

Portland, Dorset

The drive from London was brutal. Due to good weather it seemed as if the entire city was getting out for one last nice summery weekend, but it was well worth the four hour drive.

We did a few moderates, culminating with a nice old school "high in the grade" 7a (5.11d) named "Strobolising Scyphostoma," that felt every bit of 5.12 to me.

All in all, I'd call it a perfect day.

The village, for context, as seen from the cliff top.

The hike in

Wild blackberries grow all along the hillside

Audrey onsighting "Buoys will be Buoys," 6b+

Me warming up on "No Man is an Island," 6c (5.11b)

Saoirse (pronounce Sersha) Harris on a 5.10 at Blacknor Far South

Beautiful limestone "flowstone" tufas


  1. That is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. I'll say it was worth it.

  2. What a great setting. I don't believe It must have been quite pleasant with the smell of the ocean air. Given your affinity for limestone, it must have been an awesome day. What kind of route development has this area seen? Any potential projects? -Brett

  3. The area is pretty much developed. The plum lines have all been picked years ago, and classics abound. Many many 5.12s on excellent stone. The scenery doesn't get better.