Rock Climbing on Dartmoor

Rock Climbing on Dartmoor…Dusting off the Cobwebs.

Rock Climbing on Dartmoor, Central Groove at the Dewerstone in Devon was a great route to blow away the cobwebs and get back into the grove of trad climbing.

Zoe shares her experience of getting back into trad climbing and dusting off the cobwebs after a season of Covid restrictions.

For a climber winter is usually spent at an indoor climbing wall, keeping fit and your head in the game. However this winter due to Covid guidelines and my favourite wall being closed for renovations this hasn’t been possible. Therefore I was understandably nervous when the weather allowed me back on rock to get some trad climbing in, would I even remember what to do? How to climb? How to place gear

Climbing Central Groove at the Dewerstone in Devon

When I first got back onto rock again the conditions were perfect, warm but not too warm and nice and dry. My first route was going to be seconding a route called Central Groove at the Dewerstone on Dartmoor, with the option to lead the last pitch if I felt up for it. Nerves crept in as I belayed for Charlie, thinking about how the climb could go. Getting to the belay stance, assessing how I felt climbing the first pitch. Did I feel strong enough and brave enough to lead the last pitch? Throughout it all Charlie was supportive, talking me through my options but not putting any pressure on me to lead it. 

Gathering my courage I decided why not? I would have a try at leading it, if I found it really hard then Charlie was nearby to talk me through it or to take over if needed. I managed to surprise myself, climbing and placing gear to keep me safe all the while Charlie talking to me, helping to keep the nerves at bay allowing me to focus on my climbing instead. Reaching the top and building the anchor my achievement sunk in and I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. My first lead of the year and it had gone great! 

Walking away from the crag at the end of the day was such a good feeling, being on Dartmoor with its fantastic views and good company after an amazing time climbing. Nothing quite comes close to that feeling. 

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