Sat 1st Jul - Sun 2nd Jul, 2000

The Gower (climbing and swimming)

Michelle Harvie

Present:Michelle Harvie, Mark Garrod, Mark Gleadale, Cathy Gordon & Emma, Julie, Paul & Jessica Harding, Neville Mcmillan, Sheena Hendrie, Roger, Bridget & Cerys Mapleson, Ian & Pam McCallum.


As we pitched the tent in the rain at midnight on Friday, and woke to the rain on Saturday a weekend in the Gower did not seem such a good idea. However, thanks to a dramatic change in the weather and excellent company it turned out to be a great weekend. Thanks to everyone who came, swam & climbed. Particularly to Jessica, Emma & Cerys for persuading their parents to come, and to Ian & Pam for dropping in. For all present and those who weren't here's a quick Gower quiz of the weekends activities.


1.How many childless couples were on the meet?

  1. 2
  2. 0
  3. 1


2 By what means did Chris Rickard (Roger's Lowe Alpine partner 1999) arrive at the campsite?

  1. Fell ran from Abergavenny
  2. On a tractor
  3. Motorbike & microlight.


3.What did Sheena wear to lead the route ";Gethsemane"; (Severe on Fall Bay)?

  1. Nothing, to show off her bikini stripes from the Caribbean.
  2. Roger's climbing boots.
  3. Flippers & snorkel.


4. What was Bridget's first lead of the weekend?

  1. A 3 foot wall at the campsite.
  2. Divine guiding light; E 7 testpiece.
  3. Joggled wall Direct (Hard severe, 3 CliffsBay).


5. How many hours of sunshine were there over the weekend?

  1. More than Glasgow, but not as much as the Caribbean (according to Sheena)
  2. We don't know as we fell asleep in the sun on Saturday afternoon.
  3. More than at Mary's alternative Lake District meet.


6. What impressed Jessica Harding most over the weekend?

  1. Her dad climbing more than 15 feet from the ground.
  2. Chris Rickard (& bike/ microlight)
  3. The meet leader climbing.
  4. Neville's legs


7. Who thinks Three Cliffs Bay is better than Stanage?

  1. Paul Harding.
  2. Cerys Mapleson as sand tastes better than the dirt at Stanage.
  3. The meet leader as there are climbs she can lead there.


8. Who swum in the sea?

  1. The KMC synchronised swimming team.
  2. Al as he refused to leave the tidal crag until it was dark.
  3. Chris Williamson' s belay bunny as Chris lead the tidal E7 test piece.



Gower Quiz (See the Gower Meet Report for the questions)

  1. b; we are all kids after all!
  2. c "Chris has got more toys than Paul has" ; quote Julie Harding,(or more toys than he is allowed to have!)
  3. b
  4. a
  5. b
  6. b
  7. b
  8. a; Chris and Al weren't there!

Michelle Harvie

Meet Promo:

Dust off your climbing gear/ bucket & spade and come to the Gower for a sunny weekend; plenty to keep climbers, walkers, swimmers and sunbathers happy.

There is a variety of crags around the peninsula, with many starred routes of all grades. Plenty of " Es" in Fall Bay, and Diff - VS in the delightful Three Cliffs Bay; a crag on the beach. There are even quarries inland if you really want! Walkers can enjoy the scenic coastal walks, Rhossili Downs, or escape to the Brecon hills which aren't too far away ( 1-1½ hours drive). There will of course be boundless opportunities for a dip in the sea, which is always extreme!

We will be camping at Three Cliffs Bay Caravan Park, Penmaen which has all the facilities you need ( and plenty you may not want such as showers) and is a short walk from the beach, the crag & the sea! Cost : £4.00 night per person. Please contact me for more info , or to let me know ASAP if you want to come as I need to reserve adequate pitches on the site. You can catch me in the pub on Thursdays (occasionally), or phone me.



M4 exit junction 42 onto A483to Swansea. Turn left at lights onto A4067 towards South Gowr & Port Einon.Follow road for 3.5 miles to Black Pill, turn right onto B4436 ( signed South Gowr & Port Einon) After 4 miles turn left onto A4118 for 2.5 miles Penmaen is situated between the village of Parkmill & Nicholston.Tel no of campsite if your lost ; 01792 371218.

Michelle Harvie

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