Trip Report BMC International Climbing Meet, Cornwall
Feature photo by Stephen Farrugia from Malta of Rick at Bosigran
Alice Thompson and Rick McGregor attended the BMC International Climbing Meet as NZAC members in Cornwall this past May. See below Rick’s report on the meet:
Photo by by Scott Titt of Rick and Alice
I had a great time at the British Mountaineering Council’s International Climbing Meet at Bosigran in Cornwall in mid-May. The weather was a bit mixed, with three and a half fine days out of the six, but we got to do some good climbing on a range of the crags and rock types on offer within striking distance of the Climbers’ Club’s hut, The Count House, at Bosigran (about 12 km from Penzance). Some of the 25 international climbers and as many British host climbers climbed even on the wet days, some took the opportunity to go surfing at Sennen Beach, while others were content to try out the Cornish cream teas at nearby Rosemergy Farm!
Alice Thompson and I from New Zealand would have been from furthest away, if she wasn’t living in the UK and me in Sweden. As it was, there was one participant from South Africa and two from Japan, and a good number of European countries were represented. Some of the international guests had only done a little bit of trad climbing (ALL the climbing on the Cornish sea cliffs was trad…), so they got a crash course in British belay techniques and the need to wiggle in a lot of wires on some of the routes! We were paired up with host climbers for two days at a time, so over the course of the meet we each got to climb with three different partners.
Coming off a Swedish winter with lots of snow, my form wasn’t the greatest, but I enjoyed climbing on such granite crags as Chair Ladder, Sennen and Bosigran, as well as on Killas slate at Kenidjack, making the most of the fine weather at the end of the week to climb Thin Wall Special, a three-pitch E1 5b on Bosigran, just a 10-minute walk down the hill from the hut (no, don’t ask me about the British gradings, I still don’t understand them). Alice was on much better form, starting with Kafoozalem (E3 6a) at Bosigran on the first day and climbing a number of other hard routes during the week.
Photo by Sandra Mazeikiene from Lithuania of Alice at Kenidjack
The climbing in Cornwall may not be the greatest I’ve ever done, but the place and the people make it somewhere I would be keen to go back to, and if this meet was at all representative, I would certainly recommend attending one of the BMC’s international meets – it was excellent!
Thanks to the NZAC for nominating me for the meet!
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