Gower Meet 2018 – Report

Gower Meet - 25th-28th May

The late May bank holiday weekend brought the club to the Gower, as is traditional. The Gower has been good to us over the years, giving the opportunity to climb from the beach and to enjoy the sunshine. This year’s meet was noteworthy in that it may have been the largest SCC meet to date with almost 50 members attending!

Taking the day off on Friday, some of us arrived early enough to get some climbs in. Not wanting the day off to go to waste, this led to a trip to Boiler Slab in some light rain, ticking off some easy routes to err on the side of caution! Luckily this weather wasn’t to last, and the improved weather on Saturday allowed everyone to get out and climb in the sun (albeit with a few showers thrown in). Saturday morning was my chance to tackle Great Tor, with others taking on the challenge throughout the weekend. Other popular venues were Little Tor and Three Cliffs Bay, taking advantage of the low tide, while another group headed out for some sport climbing in the area. Saturday evening included a trip to the beach for a BBQ and bonfire for the group, as did Sunday evening.

Sunday morning was a slower start for most, given the weather - for myself, this led to a fantastic pastry in a cafe in Mumbles followed by an obligatory trip to do some gear shopping in Swansea. Once the rain had passed, we headed out to Devil’s Truck for some short climbs in stunning weather. Other groups headed to Boiler Slab, or some of the various crags around Rhossili Bay.

Monday started with blazing sunshine, by far the hottest day of the whole weekend. Many groups took full advantage of the bank holiday by leaving cars and vans at the campsite for a stroll down to Three Cliffs Bay for one last climbing session before the journey home.

Here’s a selection of my photos from the weekend, including the BEST caterpillar that I’ve ever seen:

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