My mate Pete Greening wrote this “While on holiday in Cornwall in Aug 2013 David Whalley (Heavy) enters into the spirit of things by doing his best impression of climber/surfer/visionary/Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, during an ascent of Wrecker’s Slab”
I was down on holiday in Cornwall with my stepdaughter and her young daughter Lexi she would be about 3 at the time. My pal Pete came over he lives in Cornwall and as we packed to go climbing Lexi got a bit upset as she thought I may not come back! It makes you think that when we are away someone is always worrying about us. Yet we are like I was unaware of what evens were one thinks.
I had always wanted to climb this route and my mate Pete had sorted it out. He had guided it often and knew I wanted to climb it.
We started by walking on the Coastal path north of Bude to “Cornakey Cliff” which is home to one of the north coasts classic routes, “Wreckers Slab.” This route, full of history was an impressive achievement for the time, when it was climbed in 1959 by Tom Patey, Kieth Lawder and Zeke Deacon. At the time it was full of loose rock, vegetation and was poorly protected for the lead climbers who didn’t have the modern ropes or protection that we use today.
Wreckers Slab is the longest single slab on the Devon and Cornwall mainland and rise’s in three long pitches of 120ft, 150ft and 140ft. The climbing grade is given by the most recent guidebook as VS -, 4b, 4a. Which suggests that the climb will be fairly sustained and possibly poorly protected rather than having excess technical difficulty.
The route was great once you got on it. It was a crumbly path down to it on the shore. It had a reputation for loose rocks but Pete was in great form and we had a classic day.
Yet that day made me think and be as careful as I could. Lexi was glad to see me home and I had a classic day on a climb with a good pal.
Thanks again Pete!
So when your “off doing your thing “ think of those you leave behind.