Climbing Daily Takes On An Impressive Trad Route At Fair Head |
On today's Climbing Daily, we catch up with Alex Honnold at the Fair Head climbing meet in Northern Ireland for a candid interview about. 6th June, This has "Last weekend the 4th annual Fair Head Meet took place. It offers a superb range of climbing on sound dolerite. Another year, another climbing logbook full, and another graph. Early in the year Lots of photos on the meet Facebook page. Fair Head Climbing Meet
Having the weather gods on our side for the weekend also helps and this year we were treated to some beautiful sunshine and great air temperatures allowing people to climbing in the middle of the crag north facing in t-shirts!
For those who patiently hung around on Sunday, the showers soon headed off and their reward was a dry cliff. Fairhead in all it's beauty Over the years it has generated a lot more interest with climbers from the mainland UK and further afield travelling over to sample it's delights. One thing that was lacking was an up to date guidebook. This said Mountaineering Ireland commissioned a new guidebook with the editors being local climbing wad Ricky Bell and climbing photographer Craig Hiller.
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It arrived on the first day of the meet. This is no sales pitch but the new guidebook is easy to use, informative and most of all extremely inspirational. I reckon with its arrival this could persuade any doubters out there that it really is worth a visit! He actually owns about 3 km of Fair Head — it is nearly 6km long so keeping him involved and supportive of the meet is very important to a healthy relationship between the farmer and climbers.
As with every year before, he was very supportive supplying firewood, moving porta-loos, giving climbing directions and even a bit of route beta. The weekend lecture also takes place in one of his cow sheds that a week before the meet started was full of cow dung! A great effort clearing it out for us - thanks Sean!
John over the years has been developing new routes throughout Ireland, repeating hard classics especially at Fair Head along with some adventures in the Alps. On both Saturday and Sunday climbers flocked to the crag, some for the first time and some for the th time.
There was a real buzz and walking along the crag top there was the sound of hexes and tin whistles, plus a web of abseil ropes to access the more remote middle part of the cliff.
By the end of the weekend most of the classics were well chalked and people left smiling and satisfied!
Fair Head Meet 2014
The local farmer, whose fields are now the official Fair Head campsite, kindly cleaned out a huge shed for us. The venue was quite bizarre but created an amazing ambiance along with a strong smell of manure and some great action on the big screen - the evening was enjoyed by all!
The range of grades spanned from VS —E7. Sean had attempted to onsight Where the Grass is Green E7, 6cbut after not finding the crucial gear placements, decided to back off and inspect the line on abseil.
He quickly spotted a 12m section of new climbing that would take him into Where the Grass is Green. The whole weekend went very well, with lots of people getting a great introduction to what the crag has to offer. A big thanks to everyone to helped with the weekend and a special mention to both Sean the Farmer and Sean Villanueva.
Hope to see everyone there next year!