Clecy, France - Long Weekend Meet newsletter entry

Clecy, France - Long Weekend Meet

14/06/2018 – 17/06/2018

Written by: Ruth

Attendees: Adrianna, Sam, Sarah, Neil, Tony, Hannah, Martin, Steve and Ruth

14/06/2018

After the overnight ferry on Wednesday we arrived in Clecy on Thursday
morning, slightly bleary eyed, but keen to climb. Luckily the mobile homes were only a 5 minute walk from the crag, and it wasn’t long before we’d found routes free of French school children to climb. Hannah was soon flagging and decided sleeping at the base of the crag was better to climbing, but Hannah aside we all managed to get in around 6 routes before the forecast shower arrived, and we called it day.

15/06/2018

Was bright and sunny and most of us headed back to the Crag to explore more of the routes on offer. Another full day for everyone saw most people climbing around 10 routes. Tackling routes from Grade 3 up to 6a, and Neil’s 70m rope came into it’s own opening up some lovely longer routes with minimal phaffing to get down.

Sarah and Sam opted for cycling in the afternoon and discovered a national cycle trail with great potential for future holidays.

We all enjoyed a few beers and a BBQ in the evening.

16/06/2018

Sarah and Sam gave climbing a miss for the day and headed off to explore the surrounding area on bikes, checking out the local juice and cider producers.

After some debate about exploring other crags, we decided to take the easy option, and headed back to Clecy for the day. Once again the weather was great, and although much busier with French weekend climbers we all still managed to find good fun climbs. Steve and Martin, Adrianna and Alberto all stepped up their grades tackling more 6’s. A particular highlight was Steve and Martin on La Cataracte (6a), which according to Steve needed “the hardest move he’s ever had to make” and involved a marvellous demonstration of prusik climbing from Martin.

17/06/2018

With an early evening ferry to catch in the afternoon we headed to the crag early to get some early climbing in before going home. Hannah, Alberto and I made use of the via ferrata ladders to head for some of the loftier climbs on offer. We still think we should be able to count getting there as a climb! Adrianna paired up with some local climbers and was very pleased with her achievements with them on some of the harder multi-pitches. Sarah and Sam tried out the via ferrata on the other side of the valley and finished the weekend in style with the enormous zip wire to get back to the ground.

Overall it was a great weekend, we packed a lot in and made the most of the time we had.