The Cayman Islands are renowned for their magnificent beaches, seas and diving. Less well known, but equally impressive, are the magnificent limestone sea cliffs of Cayman Brac - and to a lesser degree, Grand Cayman.
Cayman Brac was first developed as a sport climbing venue in the early 90s, led by Skip Harper and John Byrnes. There now exist approaching 100 routes on superb rock (see skipharper for the early history, and www.climbcaymanbrac.com for the most up to date guide). However, deep water soloing remains in its infancy, with a handful of routes currently accessible only by boat.
Cayman Brac is roughly shaped like a door stop: rising gently out of the Caribbean sea on the southwest shore up to 120ft along the northeast end of the island. It is around this northeastern quarter of the island where the sea cliff sport routes are found. Captain Shelby is the ideal local fisherman to take a group out to the rocks. There is enormous room for development, as many of the cliffs rise sheer out of the water; most of the sport routes start between 10-20 feet from sea level. This however is because of the fiercesome swells that crash unimpeded into the rocks in rough conditions - which can develop frighteningly quickly. A further impediment to DWS development is the height of the cliffs - at over 100ft topping out is not an option without a rope. The only official route (The Inaugural, 6c, FA Saagar Kadiyala, Alistair MacDonald 2010) is primarily a traverse.
And at the end of the day a fire on the beach under the stars, some rum and a cigar is the perfect way to recharge and get psyched for the next day.