Exposed to the blazing sun in Wied il-Bassasa!

What started out as a rather hazy and overcast morning soon changed into a clear and sunny day last Sunday, and the il-Minkba crag of Wied il-Bassasa received more than its fair share of sunshine. Situated on a spacious ledge halfway down the cliffs to the east of Wied iż-Żurrieq, Wied il-Bassassa is well off the beaten track, and can be reached by scrambling and abseiling 50 meters down onto an isolated platform perched high above the sea. Last Sunday was characterized by the incredible stillness of the sea beneath the crags, peace and tranquility enveloping our surroundings.

Kurt Caligari led the prickly Velcro HS 4b followed by Andrew then Edward, Terezia and Miriam. All managed to reach the top of this route with its jagged rock. Everyone also had a go at Chasing the Midnight Sun E4 6a, 30m of juggy overhangs and miniscule holds, while Kurt attempted Equinox E5 6a. Last but not least, Andrew, Kurt and Miriam climbed Very Ordinary Route E4 5c on their way out of Bassasa, while the rock face was fully exposed to the afternoon sun – an exhausting but rewarding route with good comfortable holds and surpassable overhangs!

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