Our day didn't start to well. I picked up Chris and drove him to Weston so he could pick up his new bike and then ride to Avon. However, we got a few hundred on our way from Weston and his bike kept stalling. We turned around, took the bike back and was soon on our way. Little did we know that the Portway was closed due to a Triathlon. I don't know Bristol very well, so had no idea where else I could park. After driving round aimlessly, we finally ended up at the park at the top of the Gorge. Right, lets get climbing.
After our premature start, we were finally at the base of the Main Cliff. Every man and his dog were out, taking advantage of the closed road, and the climbers littered the cliff face like flies on wall. It was almost like a 3D topo with ropes drawing the lines of the more popular routes. We headed for Piton Route (VS 4c) and it lived up to it's name. It was practically a sport route! Chris led the crux pitch and the top pitch, and on my lead, I think I placed a cam and a nut. The climb was pleasant, with no worries of run outs above gear or crappy placements, just a bit of polish here and there. You could focus solely on the climbing itself and enjoy the route. Plus, it was affable to actually be able to hear your climbing partner!
|Chris at the 1st belay on Piton Route|
|Piton Route seen from the road|
|Hells Gates with the cave belay clearly visable|
|Hanging belay at the cave|
|the cave, complete with visitor book and belay boredom...|
|My belay set up|