The second outing was a couple of hours reacquainting myself with "Follow the Slick Red Road, a 7c sport route at Cheddar. That 11 years ago I managed in two sections. I'm probably conning myself that its feasible for me this year although I managed all the moves this time. Which sprung the question just what French grade would Don Whillan's be climbing if he were active now!
Friday, April 24, 2009
When 7c feels easier than E1
Had a couple of quick interesting forays on rock this week. The first to Froggatt to try the leaning wall of Strapiombante and Don Whillans extraordinary roof crack Strapiombo. I had a little struggle on the former but Whillan's bloody roof crack was a real bugger. Surprise, surprise you say? Well I'm not naive I've done my fair share of his routes and yes they're all pretty brutal but some in a reasonable way. Strapiombo is one of the unreasonable ones. I was close to giving up before on about my sixth attempt I finally clawed my way round.