Sat 1st May - Mon 3rd May, 1999

BH Pembroke, Camping

Present: Duncan Lee, Sabina Cosulich, Mark Garrod, Michelle Harvey, Cathy Devine, Jeremy Engineer, Dave Dillon, Andrew Croughton, Dave Wylie, Steve Taylor, Neil Perry, Dave Bone, Dave Garland, Rick Davies, Rick Kruze, Ruth Ashton, Kevin Anderson, Joan Stewart, Martin Greenwood, Chris Williamson, Roger Mapleson, Bridget Mapleson, Elaine Beaulieu, Jon Whitham, Dave Marsh and myself


Three almost perfect days for climbing, sunshine, not to hot and low tide early afternoon. The most popular crags where very busy and even then you only had to queue for a handful of routes.

So many good routes where done its almost impossible/boring to list them all but a special mention has to go to; Sabina on her first E2 lead, Martin who new to climbing was able to follow up HVS's and on one occasion took a massive pendulum and still wants to climb.

On Sunday I was persuaded into the bowls of the earth again (and yes, it was sunny) but it was easier the second time round. A good proportion of the team went north to the St David's area to do some coastering. They didn't come back..

Monday, Huntsmans Leap seemed to be the main focus of attention. I was impressed by the cathedral like atmosphere as I abseiled into the zawn for the first time. After watching Sabina on "Shape Up" (the E2) I thought I should give it a go but was thoroughly put off when Roger struggled up it. I also only had 7 quick draws and common sense said I should have more, I didn't say anything in case someone should offer to lend me some.

Many thanks to all who came and if anyone has a free weekend and wants to go to Pembroke just see me.

Al Metelko

Meet Promo:

Camping as usual at St Petrox on the B4319. Follow signs out of Pembroke heading towards Castlemartin. After 2/3 miles lookout for a lonely church on the right, the campsite is right next to it.

There is something here for everyone: sea cliff climbing, walking, running, swimming, beach games, canoeing, jet skis, army displays of world war one/two, bird watching, site seeing, tea shops and probably lots more.

Needless to say I'll be going for the climbing on some of the best sea cliffs in the country. All grades are catered for although some of the easier grades are harder to find when not climbing at Saddle Head. See me in the pub on Thursdays to find out what climbing there is in your grade.

Al Metelko

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