Sam Lewis: It just gets better.
Sam has become addicted to climbing since he took a monsterclimbs lead course early this year.
We had already taken Sam to Wintours Leap in the Wye Valley to introduce him to Trad/Adventure climbing and he wanted more. The weather was threatening but Sam was keen so we decided to try out the right hand side of The Great Overhanging Wall at Wintours Leap, which is often sheltered in bad weather.
It was dry but the easiest climb was the third pitch of Surrealist E1 5b. Once that was in the bag we jumped on Never Say Goodbye E2 5c trying to beat the threatening rain clouds. Sam loved it. The top pitch of Zebrazone was next at E2 5c. The heavens opened and it poured with rain, but undeterred we waited it out and managed two more climbs of 5c.
Sam says ‘It was really amazing. Climbing is the best thing to do. I’m aching like hell. You two are crazy. Thank you. I just want to go more now than before. Each time I go it makes it better and better’.