Hound Tor trip, April 2023
Trip venue, date and time
Hound Tor, Saturday 15th April,
Two sessions: 9am – 12pm, 12pm – 3pm
The crag and the approach
Made famous by Sherlock Holmes’ encounters in the Hound of the Baskervilles, Hound Tor sits atop a high point on Dartmoor, with stunning views over the surrounding moorland. The rock also looks a bit like a dog’s head if you squint at it.
You can see the crag from the car park and it’s just a short uphill walk.
What we’ll be doing
We’ll be specifically focussing on skills for seconding trad routes.
Seconding is when a route is climbed a lead climber. The “seconder” is responsible for belaying the lead climber and then climbing up after them (it feels a lot like climbing on a top-rope).
You may also be asked to “clean” – this means retrieving the equipment left in the rockface by lead climber, and is a good opportunity to learn more about the different types of protection equipment and how they’re placed.
We can accommodate 4 participants in total per session. We’re thinking of running a follow-up session in a couple of weeks, to upskill people from the first session and catch people up who couldn’t do the first session.
What skill level is required
You must have some knowledge of lead climbing, indoors or outdoors.
You must have your own climbing shoes.
What to wear
Sturdy footwear, waterproof jacket, warm layers, hat and gloves.
The forecast is looking clear and relatively mild, with temperatures between 7-10 degrees C. But bring warm layers and waterproofs just in case.
What to bring
Please bring your climbing shoes. If you have them, please bring your harness, helmet and belay device.
We have a small supply of harnesses and helmets people can borrow. Please message Kieran on Signal or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to borrow these.
Bring something for eat and drink and snacks.
By filling out the form you are agreeing to try to keep to good outdoor climbing etiquette! Please be respectful to other climbers and wildlife and follow our etiquette principles.
Transport, parking and access
There’s a spacious car park just at the bottom of the crag.
We look forward to seeing you at the crag!
Car park location
Grid ref: SX 73942 79195
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/DUVeJYwn9kzMabfE9
Grid ref: SX 74251 78957
Hound Tor is part of Dartmoor National Park who do not allow drone flying in the park.