Ending the year with Tears...

Kernow Climbing's good friend Luke had spent the latter part of 2014 working the legendary route Tears of a Clown at one of our favourite crags, Sennen. It's a stunning line following thin cracks up a vertical wall. Not for the feint-hearted, the moves are hard above spares protection and it comes in at a very respectable E6 6b. The first ascent was made by the infamous climber Mark Edwards back in 1986, and although a much sought after line, it doesn't see many repeats due to its difficult and serious nature.

Luke had spent a few sessions working the moves out on solo top rope, before having to leave the project for a while. He was back on it around Christmas time, and on one fine, cold day, post Boxing Day, managed to link it all together very cleanly. Conditions were perfect, if a little cold on the hands; the route was dry, and friction was excellent. But darkness was approaching, and it was not going to be sent that day...

We returned two days later on New Year's Eve, but sadly the tide was rising too quickly, and the rock was damp. It would have been a fantastic way to see out the year, but it was not to be. Luke will be back in a month or two to send the beast, and we'll be there to hold his ropes and take photos and video. What couldhave been a great end to 2014 will certainly be a stunning start to 2015!