Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Bruce

As the Niagara Escarpment makes it's way north through the Bruce Peninsula, various sections of the exposed cliff line provide some excellent climbing opportunities.  Most of it falls into the single pitch sport climbing category, which as most of our friends know isn't really our first choice of climbing style, but the scenery more than makes up for it.

We spent the last three days climbing at Lions Head, TV Tower and Cape Croker, and will probably spend the next week rotating between them. Our first day at Lions Head turned out to be a bit on the wet side, as we had to take shelter from passing showers on several occasions. Here is Kristal trying to keep dry under the tarp from our rope bag.

Thankfully the cliffs are incredibly exposed, and with the strong wind blowing we didn't have to wait long for the rock to dry.  While we were waiting we decided to hike part of the Bruce trail down to the shore line.

Lions Head is pretty interesting as the climbs are approached from the top, and many of them only climb the top half of the cliff (the bottom half tends to be relatively poor quality rock).  This means you rappel down from the top to a hanging or semi hanging belay stance (if you are lucky there will be a good ledge) and then climb back out. It makes for some pretty interesting and exposed climbing. Hopefully we'll get some decent climbing shots in the next week or so. In the meantime here's an epic shot of my feet as I'm sitting at the top of the cliff lowering Kristal down.

It's been mostly cloudy since we've been here, and pretty cold and wet, with rain cutting our climbing days short. Hopefully that changes soon and we get more clear skies like this.

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