Cornish BMC International Meet

I just attended my fifth BMC International Meet, and my third in Cornwall based at the Climbers’ Club Count House hut. These meets are an amazing opportunity for over thirty climbers from all over the world to come to the UK to sample some of what makes our world class traditional climbing so special. Plus of course it gives over thirty UK hosts a chance to show these special climbs off to the world, share some traditional climbing skills with people who may have never climbed with leader placed protection before, and have a right good knees up! The meet is fully catered – so the seventy odd climbers on the meet don’t have to lift a finger to look after themselves, we just go climbing … a lot! The catering is managed by the very able Peters family, this year led by the seemingly perpetually happy Daisy. Thanks to Daisy, Tom, Iain, and their many helpers for looking after us. ๐Ÿ˜€

The weather on two days, Monday and Tuesday, was less than perfect. But every other day was mega. More climbing, hard climbing in an awful lot cases, gets done on these days than most people are used to. My shoulders, three days after getting home, are still sore.

I got to climb with three great people over the week: Alice Thompson from New Zealand; Diego Dellai from Italy; and Michal Czech from Poland.

In my rush to leave the house before the meet I forgot my camera. This is a great shame as the opportunity missed to get some photos for the forthcoming south coast climbing guidebook is sad. But even worse is the fact that I don’t have many pictures of the great memories and new friends from the meet. However, here are a few I snapped with my smartphone…

Alice Thompson (New Zealand) – actually she was an imposter as she’s lived in Manchester for a couple of years
Scott Titt and Stephen Farrugia (Malta) at Sennen on one of the two damp days
Pete and Michal Czech (Poland) after climbing Desolation Row in the Great Zawn
Sandra Mazeikiene (Lithuania), Alice Thompson (New Zealand), Diego Dellai (Italy), Boel Aniansson (Sweden), and Sayaka Masumoto (Japan) at Carn Kenidjack
Diego Dellai (Italy), Sandra Mazeikiene (Lithuania), Paul Seabrook, and Pete enjoying a post-climb pint in St Just

Cornish BMC International Meet

I’ve been to the past two BMC International Meets held in North Wales at Plas y Brenin. They were great! So the chance to take part in my third meet was not to be missed, especially as it was taking place at the CC’s hut in Cornwall – the Count House at Bosigran

Cornwall doesn’t offer quite as many climbing options as North Wales, particularly in poor weather. But, is the weather ever poor in Cornwall? Despite the occasionally cold north wind, and a few showers, we climbed every day! ๐Ÿ˜› The flexibility offered by the Count House accommodation combined with world-class traditional climbing provided for a unique week.

Here are a sample of pictures that I hope capture the amazing week’s events…

A first, the BMC and Climbers' Club team up to delivery a fantastic sea-cliff climbing international meet
Craig Harwood and I travelled down to Cornwall together and grabbed a few routes at Bosigran on Sunday before the international guests arrived
Pat Littlejohn, Iain Peters, Becky McGovern, and Dave Turnbull kick off the Cornish Sea-Cliff Climbing BMC International Meet
Inbar from Israel Israel enjoying the sun at Chair Ladder
We also visited Bosigran and Gurnard's Head together
Jiri from the Czech Republic Czech on The Spire (E3) with Andy Stotesbury belaying, and
Pete on Bishop's Rib (E1) with Inbar belaying.
By the end of the week Jiri was on-sighting E6! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Sinisa from Croatia Croatia (left) at the BBQ.
'Sin' and I enjoyed two excellent days of climbing at Carn Kenidjack, Sennen, and Bosigran
Krzysztof (centre with the 'hair') - from Poland Poland - and I debated long and hard about what constituted a 'wall' as opposed to a 'slab'; he thought Cornwall only had slabs and roofs...
Iain Peters, in charge of the BBQ and all Count House facilities (accommodation, catering, etc.)
Sunset outside the Count House, complete with BMC marquee (mess-tent)
Masses of UK host's tents outside the Count House at Bosigran in West Penwith
Erik from Belgium Belgium following Desolation Row (E2) in the Great Zawn
Erik and I also visited Bosigran, St Loy, and Whirlpool Zawn
BMC Meet UK Hosts and International Guests gathered at Zennor Village Hall for dinner and the final night celebrations

:star: A fantastic success – dare I say even better than Wales! ๐Ÿ˜€ :star:
Lets hope the BMC and the CC team up again, perhaps next time at Ynys Ettws for (probably) the best climbing and the best accommodation option in the world…

BMC International Meet

The prospect of being a host at the 2006 BMC International meet at Plas y Brenin, North Wales, was a daunting one! All those super hard climbers from all over the world… What had I let myself in for?

In fact it was a great week. I was paired up with a newly qualified German guide (Max) at first and then with a Manchester based (an impostor?) Czech (Jarek) for the second half. Nice guys and well up for climbing in Wales courtesy of the BMC.

Almost every aspect of North Wales (slate to Cloggy, Llanberis Pass to Gogarth, Llyn Peninsula to Tremadog) seemed to be taken by storm. These guys are all amazing climbers, some at the top of the game and some taking their first steps leading.
I think everyone had fun, I certainly did, not withstanding notable events like the Lithuanian โ€œnear deathโ€ ground fall from an E5 at Rhoscolyn…

Check out more pictures here…