Sea stacks of South West England and Madeira
Its midday in mid-summer. The brilliant light shows the olivine sea bed and crystalline blue sandy shallows. Up above are the shadowed blue-grey chalk cliffs of the headland, topped with smooth green sward and yellow coconut-scented gorse. On the flat calm sea, sticking close to the shore, is the slab silhouette of a canal barge picking its way carefully along the coast, passing from mouth to mouth. Extract from One Thousand Stones
The Tusk 120 feet XS 5b
The narrow westerly pinnacle gives a memorable day out. Start beneath a groove on
the west face.
1 40 feet 5b. Climb to overhangs at 15 feet and pull over and up a groove to the lefthand
end of the prominent ledge.
2 80 feet 5b. Climb the left side of the mainland arete to ledges. Move 15 left to the
centre of the face and go up a left-trending crack to the top. Abseil descent from peg
belays placed on the far side.
First ascent: Mick Fowler, Andy Meyers, Sonja Vietoris, 9 May 1987. The Stack Climbing Guide to Britain