A select crowd came out for the evening meet on the 20th July. The weather was hot and dry, the view stunning, the midges were kept at bay by a light breeze.
What could be better? Well maybe rock that wasn’t fluorescent green! The whole of the main crag at Wimberry has been getting greener over recent years – maybe as a result of global warming and less pollution?? Karin (prospective member) and myself attempted Berties Bugbear – the crack was oozing slime, was full of moss and grass and I even had to battle with slugs. I eventually wimped-out at about 3/4 of the way up when it became impossible to jam in the slime. I climbed/slithered back down and put a top rope on to let Karin have a go – she managed it using some interesting back-n-foot bridging to avoid the slippery jams. The stars that the route gets in the guide match my memory of an interesting easy climb – how things have changed. As an introduction to the pleasures of Wimberry it did nothing for Karin’s enthusiasm!
We were joined during the evening by Andy Howie and Richard Brewster (Richard was on his bike!) neither of them fancied having a go (using not having any rock boots as a poor excuse). Andy took up the role of official photographer (thanks for the pics, Andy).
After discussing the attractions of the pub vs doing more routes we noticed that twin cracks was very dry and Wimberry managed to redeem itself by providing a clean and rough, albeit short, route to finish on.