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Dewerstone Climbing Sessions
Climbing at the beautiful, tranquil and exciting Dewerstone on the Southern tip of Dartmoor. The Dewerstone without doubt holds a claim to being the best inland crag in the South West. The Rocks are peacefully tucked away on the fringes of Dartmoor, set amongst a beautiful ancient woodland above the babbling river Plym - but some of the routes here are anything but tranquil! Be ready for a tough and challenging weekend - pushing yourself as far as you are willing to go! This session is modular - from half a day to a full weekend - just let us know what you'd like to do. Pricing is according to the duration of your session.
This challenge will see you exploring the range of vertical and more gently angled faces of the mythical Dewerstone. There are several small crags here and a range of climbing possibilities - as well as some other interesting locations close by. We shall be rotating climbing, as none of us will be able to climb solidly all day, and you will need to belay for a climbing partner during the day (you will work in pairs or threes). We'll stay overnight in a nearby bunkhouse or campsite (small extra charge payable locally). At the Dewerstone the rock is Granite - which gives a drastically different feel to other SW inland limestone crags! Get ready for some real fun!
Saturday - Meet at 09:30 in Shaugh Prior Village, assemble, initial briefing and get out onto crags. Start with some warm up exercises - and briefings on putting on harness, helmet, tying in and general safety information. Then progress on to climbing easy routes, and hopefully progress as day proceeds. Some routes will be short more technical routes, others are longer (up to approx. 100 feet), but easier with top ropes set. Your leader will discuss mechanics of climbing with you during the session.
This session is completely modular - and is designed to accommodate up to 10 persons at a time. You may book in for any length of session from a half day to the whole weekend. The instructor will move the location of the ropes during the day - meaning that you get to try different routes if you are spending the whole day at the crag.
Bunkhouse syle accommodation is available within a short distance of the the Dewerstone Crag. Snacks and packed lunches need to be brought from home - as the crag is well away from any shops!
What is a Level 2.0 Climbing Challenge Like?
These activities are either climbing, abseiling, caving, or multiactivity. They are moving up in intensity from beginner level, and will require a higher level of fitness. You will need the appropriate specific fitness - probably requiring good flexibility in the case of climbing or caving. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing at 2 star level.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Climbing Challenge’?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 5 or 6 hours or 15 miles in the lowland English countryside, or maybe bike rides of 3-4 hours.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Joining Instruction briefing document.
Equipment (Harnesses, Belay Devices, Ropes and Helmets).
Excluded From Trip
This session covers solely the climbing itself, not accommodation or transport - although it may be possible to collect from the nearest train station if you ask us early enough!
Tracksuit Bottoms / Cotton Trousers
Fleece Jacket, Windproof Outer Jacket
Long Sleeved T-Shirt
Trainers / Walking Shoes or Walking Boots/Climbing Shoes
Personal Equipment (Harness/Belay Device/Helmet)
Waterproof Clothing in case of poor weather
Provided by Adventure Café
Helmets, Harness, Belay Device, Ropes, Guidebooks
By nature all activities contain an element of risk. Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. Please note - this activity is Risk Assessed, and is run by Qualified Rock Climbing Instructors - accredited by the British Mountaineering Council. All insurances, qualifications and Risk Assessments are freely available for inspection.
Expect all kinds of weather - but we hope for dry weather - and will attempt to find suitable climbing whatever the conditions. The Dewerstone is a good venue even in slightly damp conditions - so check with us on the weather the evening before the event for final confirmation.
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