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The impressive Huntsman's Leap, Pembroke, Wales.
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Huntsman's Leap, rock climbing in Wales

17.09.2009 by Planetmountain

With almost 60 routes on its East and West Walls, Huntsman's Leap is one of the most popular sea cliffs in Pembroke, Wales.

The steep gorge offers superb climbing in highly atmospheric surroundings; it is tidal and the fact that the sea, invariably, returns to the base of the routes renders the outings all the more drammatic and with a sense of urgency.

Although the first routes were climbed in 1978, the main development of the East and West walls took place in the mid '80's, spearheaded by none other than Pat Littlejohn, who established classics such as Witch Hunt E4 6b and Darkness at Noon E5 6a, and Gary Gibson, who left his mark with the likes of Quiet Waters E3 5c and Souls E6 6b.

The majority of the routes are in the mid to upper E grades and the climbing is strenuous, technical and serious and should never be underestimated, especially since the narrow zawn is accessed by abseil only and the easiet way out is up an E1. Put simply, British sea cliff climbing at its best!


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