Epic day of rock climbing at Sennen

Yesterday brought an epic day of rock climbing for Kernow Coasteering's Matt, and his climbing partner, Dr. Box. The chosen crag was Sennen. Sennen is one of the finest climbing crags in Cornwall, with great routes on solid granite, across the grades, from beginner's climbs right up to ridiculous test-pieces, many of which were put up by the infamous Mark Edwards in the 80s. Matt raised the bar straight away with a lead of the stunning crack climb, Zig Zag (HVS 5a). Like many rock climbing routes in Cornwall, the winter storms have resulted in an explosion of seaweed growth over the starting ledge, which needs to be shuffled along to get established. It's a tough route, requiring some careful moves, as well as some thuggish arm barring. Matt had wanted to lead it since seconding the climb two years ago, so it was a great feeling for him as he topped out after a clean ascent.

The pair then alternated leads on another classic of the area, Dolphin Cracks (HVS 5a). Dr. Box lead the fierce, off-width crack of the first pitch. Then Matt lead the second pitch, a jamming crack followed by an airy overhanging section, giving some splendid climbing in a wonderful position. The day was rounded off by quickly top-roping a tough little slab, devoid of any features, save for some protruding cystals and the odd depression. Slab climbing is a strange art indeed! All in all a great day!