Limestone sport for all (sport climbing in Portland)

Friday, 5th June 2015 at 6pm - 6pm Sunday, 7th June

Location: Isle of Portland, Dorset

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Anni and Tony Bishopp are organizing their first Bowline meet to the Isle of Portland on the 5th-7th of June. It will be a time to put the trad racks away and pack the sun lotion and quick draws because Portland is a sport climbing paradise. It is almost certainly home to Britain's best low to mid grade sport climbing, with good bolting and great coastal views.

There are grades for nearly everyone running from F3 to F8a, although the best quality is in the mid-grade range. It can be pretty warm on the South Coast in June, and it's possible to chase the sun/shade as there are crags on both sides of the island. Portland also has some deep water solo options. The bouldering is pretty good. And if you absolutely must, there are a few trad routes on the island (but they are neglected and probably not worthwhile). Mountain biking and walking appear quite popular, but the only walking we've done there is to get to climbs!

Portland isn't well served by campsites, so we've made a group booking at the Portland Bunkhouse. It will cost £34 for the two nights (including bedding). At the moment we've reserved 14 places and will fill these on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please could you send an email to Tony Bishopp ( and pay a deposit of £10 to the club (remember to email the club treasurer if you are paying by BACS). If there are more than 14 people who want to come, it's possible that we can increase numbers but only if we book it soon. The bunkhouse is in an awesome location at the tip of the island. It's walking distance from the Coastguard North and South, Wallsend and White hole. It also only takes a few minutes to walk to the pub. The bunkhouse has a kitchen and barbecue, and will provide cooked breakfast on request (there is an extra cost for this).

If there is any interest Tony is happy to run a short red pointing workshop for people wanting to push their sport grade. Tony would like to point out that he is not a qualified instructor, or a climbing coach, and as such this would only be suitable for those already comfortable leading sport routes. Tony found that one of the biggest revelations in his climbing was an Aussie friend teaching him to red point and he would be very happy to attempt to pass this knowledge on any Bowliners, so please let Tony know if this would be of interest to you.

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