The Gower Climbing Festival is an opportunity for you to come and experience what the Gower peninsula has to offer on its plentiful limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches. There's plenty of climbing for everyone, with trad routes ranging from Diffs to the high Extremes, sport routes from Fr6a+ to Fr8a, and a handful of bouldering areas too.
The 2009 festival was a great success, with plenty of visitors from all over the UK joining us for the weekend of 4th-6th September 2009. We've put some of the best pictures from the event in the galleries below, and also got a copy of the feature article in the BMC's Summit magazine available for you to download.
What did we get up to?
For more information about the locations and events featured in the 2009 festival, please see the festival information page. If you just want to see for yourself, the photos below should illustrate!
Alternatively, thanks to Tom Woodrow of Geek Productions, you can watch the official festival video to see some of the highlights of the weekend:
Where can I climb on Gower?
The crags detailed below are a selection of the great climbing in the area. For those wishing to explore more of Gower and other regions of South Wales there's the definitive guidebook from the South Wales Mountaineering Club, available from all good guidebook stockists. Alternatively, the SWMC wiki has details for most crags in the surrounding area. For general information, the-gower.com is a useful tourist information resource.
Selected climbing areas
- Fall Bay
- This area contains some of the most popular routes on Gower, and you could easily spend the entire weekend here. King Wall is a popular crag with numerous routes in the Diff to VS range. Above this tidal crag is Lewes Castle, a slightly tougher affair with most grades around VS and HVS and a few low Extremes.
- Yellow Wall
- Gower's showcase crag, with several serious trad undertakings. With the tides right all weekend, abseil in and get on the likes of Muppet Show, Transformer, or the crag's namesake: Yellow Wall.
- Juniper Wall
- One of the tallest crags on Gower, with a collection of great VSs, and a contender for one of the best HVSs on Gower: Assassin.
- Boiler Slab
- This easy-angled limestone slab is great for novices and beginners, with lots of routes in the VS to E2 range, and a handful of Severes. At low tide the sea reveals rock pools below the crag, great to cool off in and explore.
- If tough sport is why you've ventured onto Gower then head for Oxwich, set near some of the best panoramic views on Gower. Home to a classic Fr6c, Kissin' the Pink, and many more routes from Fr7a upwards.
- Three Cliffs
- Probably the most well known area of Gower, and the location of one of its most well known routes: Scavenger. With trad mainly in the lower grades, the routes are generally slabby affairs, though for the more adventurous there's Under Milkwood.
- Foxhole Cove
- Home of sport routes from Fr6a+ to Fr8a, with the majority of grades around 7a (14 routes total). Recently re-geared by local climbers funded by the bolt fund, arguably the premier sport crag on Gower.