Extreme Sweeping in Cheddar Gorge

Posted by Guy Keating on 17/11/2009
Yousef and Ian brushing down The Wave. Credit M.Crocker

During October a small team of climbers gave the Wave (Landslip Quarry) the brush off!

With more climbers likely to visit the upper tier (The Tsunami) following the re-gearing, it seemed a good idea to sweep away the loose stones that accumulate on the sloping top of the lower tier (The Wave).
The problem is you have to walk across the top of The Wave to get to The Tsunami and it was pretty easy to dislodge stones onto parties below.

Despite eye-smarting whirlwinds of dust, the platform cleaned up nicely, at least for the time being. Caution and vigilance are still required when climbing here - as is the case when climbing in the Gorge generally.

Thanks to Martin Crocker, local BMC access rep' Ian Butterworth and to good samaritan Yousef Haddu for all the elbow grease, and to Gordon Jenkin for fixing the rigging and for lunch comprising a cheesy new route. Later that day, as night was falling, an off-route walker tumbled down a nearby slope, leading to a high profile rescue and tales of chivalry in the press – good job two of our extreme sweepers were still to hand, but that's their story to tell......
 



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