Right Angle - The 50th Anniversary Ascent

Right Angle - The 50th Anniversary Ascent

Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 50.19129°N / 5.59904°W
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 27, 2016
Activities Activities: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer

Right Angle - The 50th Anniversary Ascent

Warm greetings Summit Posters on a cold, grey and rainy day from Bristol in the UK!

For anyone interested here's a wee video to celebrate the 50th anniversary ascent of the super-classic climb called Right Angle at Gurnard's Head in Cornwall. One of the great Hard Severe's in the UK and first climbed on August 26th 1966 by my friend and climbing partner Iain Peters and John Gerber. At the tender age of 17, Iain went out in search of the "Extreme to end all Extremes", but instead found the Hard Severe to end all Hard Severe's which was not a bad consolation prize. Right Angle is also known from Ken Wilson's quote of "one of the few mistakes in judgement I ever made" with it's omission from Classic Rock!

The rather ambitious plan on this serious and committing sea-cliff climb was to try and get 50 climbers up the route in a day with some cunning pre-rigging of the gear and belays so all we needed was the weather to play ball. And after a cloudy, blustery start it turned into a lovely bluebird day and a large group of friends, with ages ranging from 8 to 68, turned up and all helped make it a fun-filled event.

So did we manage to get 50 climbers up the route in a day? Well have a look at the vid, complete with some drone footage of one the great Hard Severes to find out!

All constructive feedback welcome, please feel free to share and hopefully it will brighten up your tea or lunch break with a brew and biscuit!

Happy climbing! :-)



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chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Oct 23, 2017 11:48 am - Voted 10/10

Looks like a lot of fun

I guess it's about 40 years since I was on the UK seacliffs--wish I'd known about this route then.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle - Oct 24, 2017 4:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Looks like a lot of fun

Thanks a million chugach for posting your kind words and it sure was a bundle of fun trying to get 50 people up a committing and classic UK sea cliff climb! :-) Cheers Dave

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