Lovely shots of Pat (left) and Matt Stokes (right) climbing on British granite boulders. Both photographs provided, courtesy of Pat.
We bring you a double header for this week, a couple of very arty pictures of some classic southwest bouldering. On the left is the superb and well-beloved line 'Classic Arete', one among many of large, coarse granite boulders sitting atop the hill of Carn Brea. A deadly place for those of soft skin but rewarding if you're keen on lots of large movements to negative impressions, having the power sapped away. Basically bear-style climbing... Grrr! However if this doesn't appeal, there's a handful of more delicate problems to really sink your toes into, such as 'Classic Arete'. If you prefer keeping your fingers and shoes intact (pansy), it also offers a full panorama of the surrounding area and is rather idyllic at sundown.
Our second climber is Matt Stokes, who is relatively new to climbing but topped out this 5b highball after 'giving himself a stern talking to'. Maximum credit due. It's at Helman Tor, another Cornish climbing spot to feature rough granite, a beautiful view and gorgeous countryside.
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