Saturday, 30 August 2008
Berwick Sea Stacks
Today myself and Euan were out climbing two of the Sea stacks on the Berickshire coastline as part of the EICA's Sea Stack course. We were climbing with Suzanne, Alec, Andy and Greame. Th first stack on the hit list was the Souter. This 25m Stack is very impressive despite its small stature. We all climbed the Original Route (HVS5a) on the seaward side, which offers some excellent climbing with adequate protection in a beautiful setting. After a quick bite to eat we headed back to the cars and drove to Burnmouth to climb the second stack of the day. A 1km walk along the rocky beach takes you to the 50m high stack that you could see from the village. We climbed this one by the only climb in the guide (Gunsight Arete HVS4a,4c), which has a more adventurous feel due to some bold climbing on fragile rock which would become better with more traffic. Despite the vegitation the climb holds, everyone had an enjoyable day.
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