February isn't usually the best month for climbing in the UK. But for those keen to keep their mileage up on real rock throughout winter, Portland offers one of the best winter options. We've climbed there in February in T-shirts, but we've also had character building days where we've huddled together in belay jackets and it's taken hours for the fingers to warm up properly.
Portland and Weymouth allegedly have the sunniest climate in England. Portland is blessed with crags facing most directions, and in winter crag choice is usually decided based on avoiding the wind, or catching the sun. The recent publication of Rockfax's Dorset Bouldering, has shown that not only does the island have some of the best mid-grade sport climbing in the UK, but that it's also blessed with tons of great blocs too. This is the third time we've run this meet, and for quite literally a taste of what could be in store on the South coast, see this trip report by Adam Rembiaz
Portland is one of Britain's best winter venues, but it ain't Spain! This meet is going to be best suited to those who are a little bit tough and don't mind wrapping up. But the friction will be good! Arranging a rock climbing meet in winter is always a bit risky, but luckily the bunkhouse offer a bad weather guarantee. In the event of a terrible forecast we can postpone this meet to the following weekend or get our money back. The price is £17 per person per night (including bedding).
If you would like to sign up for the meet could you do so via 'Doodle Poll' and tick the nights you would like to stay for. We will collect the money nearer the time (probably the week before the trip). Any questions about this trip please contact Tony Bishopp (email@example.com)