American Beauty and Ice

We woke to another gorgeous day in paradise.  Our last, at least for this trip…

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A 100m ab rope is a pretty handy piece of kit on Lundy, and of course our thoughtful meet leader had brought one. This gets you all the way to the bottom of another 3* Lundy classic. American Beauty. A huge slab with a couple of overlaps and a steep corner to finish. 3 pitches of HVS fun.

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It’s an atmospheric spot at the bottom of the zawn, with a deep chasm from which strange musical strains were emenating. The spooky feeling was resolved soon after when a large black seal flolloped out of the cave to see what we were up to. It watched avidly for the next hour or so, no doubt silently critiquing our performance.

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Only about half past one, and the ferry doesn’t leave until 4pm, so just time for one last route. A dash to Landing Craft bay and we were down at the foot of “Ice” in good time. “Probably the most fallen off route on Lundy” according to the guide. I was determined not to enhance its reputation, despite the very sweaty conditions, and just made it through the crux on will power and psyche. A grand finale to a great trip!

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All that remained was a stroll to the jetty and a relaxed cruise back to Ilfracombe, accompanied by dolphins! Awesome!

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