A time lapse of my hardest trad lead yet "Demo Route" (Hard Severe 4b) at Sennen in Cornwall.
It was just over a week ago now that we arrived in Cornwall. On our first day of climbing here we headed to Sennen. I was eyeing up a V Diff called "Corner Climb" to lead and my friend Dan had his eyes on Demo Route. Dan took his lead first, I followed but not without a couple of moments, once during the chimney, the second was not committing to the lay away around the bulge but going direct to the slab from the lower break. I arrived at the top saying "thank fuck, I wasn't leading that, that was fucking terrifying!" I saw another friend have a moment in the chimney to then finish the route on top rope.
The following day, I had a right epic on a VDiff called "Big Top" at Bosigran. Fear took a hold of me and spiralled out of control. Exclaiming "this is nails for a VDiff" and continued to believe it was nails, until I froze at the crux. I escaped off the route and said I'm never trad climbing again. I had been well and truly humbled.
Here's the thing, I love climbing, I'm obsessed by it. What I realised was that I had just had a very steep learning curve and many issues were highlighted that day. I pulled my mental game together, followed a couple of routes, soloed "Alison's Rib" (Diff) at Bosigran then got back on "Big Top", and loved it. I then onsighted some random line which was maybe Severe 4a to Hard Severe 4b and loved it even with a massive runout.
Then yesterday evening, we headed back to Sennen and I set off on the lead of my life, Demo Route was accomplished!
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