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Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Peak District : ... : Lower Tier
By: Nick Russell When: 5 days ago

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Comments: Good find Chris. It is an excellent guidebook, one of my favourites!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Peak District : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: 5 days ago

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Comments: A few lines marked. From left to right:

Main Crack (VS 4c)
Delstree (HVS 5a)
Reunion Crack (VS 5a)

Slimline (E1 5b)
Hedgehog Crack (VS 4c)
Second's Retreat (HVS 4c)

Bachelor's Left Hand (HVS 5b)
Bachelor's Climb (VS 4c)


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area : The Prow (5.11d)
By: Nick Russell When: Jul 14, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the recommendations John. I may have difficulty finding a second on anything harder than low 5.10, but I'll be trying!


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area : The Prow (5.11d)
By: Nick Russell When: Jul 10, 2014

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Comments: Thanks John, useful to get some feedback. I'm going to be in NH this fall, thinking about having a go.

Yeah, I'd be surprised to find Brit 6b moves on anything easier than 12b, but as you say, recent comments... And yes, London Wall is E5 6a. Haven't tried it, but it's on the (ever growing) list!


Location: NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Prow Area : The Prow (5.11d)
By: Nick Russell When: Jul 9, 2014

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Comments: Paul, any idea what the adjectival grade would be? (Assuming you've been there and climbed it free since the FA...) Just trying to get an idea of whether it's more like E4 6a or E5 6b...


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Jul 7, 2014

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Comments: Yes, a bit disappointing for those hoping to take the E5 'tick', but having done it in its current state it would have to be the softest E5 in the world!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : ... : Clogwyn Du'r Arddu
By: Nick Russell When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: Cloggy is currently (mostly) dry. Get up there before the rain returns!

The drainpipe crack was (predictably) still wet, but the upper pitches of Jelly Roll were dry. Great Wall is dry and has seen several recent ascents. The Pinnacle routes were catching a bit of cloud so getting damp. White Slab is dry all the way.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : ... : White Slab (5.10a A0 R)
By: Nick Russell When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: The pin on P1 is definitely no longer there but the one on P3 is (June 2014). My partner led the "lasso" pitch, but never did see the spike so freed it. Didn't see any pins on this pitch, probably gone.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: May 19, 2014

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Comments: It's still there as of May 2014. The tat is looking a lot more faded, but still in tact!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Scotland : North West Highlands : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Apr 10, 2014

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Comments: Yes, I love the North West highlands! One of my most memorable winter climbing weekends was a mission up to Torridon. We got 2 days climbing on Liatach, for about 24 hours total driving time but it was worth it!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Peak District : ... : Valkyrie (5.8)
By: Nick Russell When: Dec 9, 2013

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Comments: Rob reminds me of last time I was at the Roaches. We look over to the route, to see a team attempting to climb it on a single rope, running both pitches together! The leader had placed copious protection on the first pitch, and was starting the downclimb on the flake, yelling to his belayer for slack (which, needless to say, was not forthcoming!).

I wanted to fetch my popcorn and sit back in a deckchair, but my partner was kinder and offered some friendly advice on how it might be better to pit... more >>


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Lake District : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Dec 9, 2013

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Comments: But not for long. With privatisation in the pipeline, the old Sea Kings will be retired and the air force/navy will cease to perform the rescues. It's supposed to remain free of charge for the injured, but time will tell how long that will last.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Dec 5, 2013

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Comments: The chain in the photo is climbed by Snakes and Ladders, "Welsh via ferrata"


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Peak District : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Dec 2, 2013

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Comments: I'm surprised he's doing this with a harness on! I had to take mine off to even have a chance.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Anglesey : ... : A Dream of White Horses (5.9+)
By: Nick Russell When: Nov 5, 2013

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Comments: Brad, I haven't done the route so I can't say exactly what I'm looking for (if I could say exactly, I'd just write it!)... number of pitches and total length are already on there, but that's just objective details. I guess for a route with a reputation like this, I expect a description to inspire. A bit of evocative prose about the situation, some of the history perhaps? From what I've heard the climbing itself (as you say) isn't spectacular, but it does break through some very unlikely terrain.... more >>


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Anglesey : ... : A Dream of White Horses (5.9+)
By: Nick Russell When: Oct 31, 2013

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Comments: I haven't done this route, but I know its status and I think I can comment on the description here. It's a must-do, super-classic, adventurous sea cliff route, picking an intricate and very committing line through some very intimidating ground... and all people see on here is "traverse route"? I've written more about 4-bolt sport routes than that! Please can somebody who has done it write something more evocative? This page just doesn't do it justice


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: When I did it (September 2013) there were also two good nuts. All the tat seemed pretty new.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Them (5.11a)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: British grade E3 6a. The crux is soft for 6a, but it's pretty sustained up to there and comes well above gear.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Mercury Direct (5.10b)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: E2 5b. Bold on the second pitch, but technically not hard for E2. If the commitment adds to the adjectival grade it's top-end E2, otherwise maybe a bit soft.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Shamrock (5.7)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: VS 4c in British grades.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Albion (5.7)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: VS 4c. Fair for the grade, but it will feel harder than 4c if you try to climb the slab rather than the corner on pitch 2.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Albacore (5.8+)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: HVS 5a in local currency. Solid for the grade, but will feel easier if you're good (i.e. better than me) at jamming!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : American Beauty (5.8)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: British HVS 5a. A bit soft, but intimidating: there's no easier way out!


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Hot Rod (5.8)
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: British grade VS 4c, but top-end. In fact, maybe a bit of a sandbag, VS+ 5a?


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : ... : Photo
By: Nick Russell When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: At 173m above sea level, the old light (built 1819) was the highest in Britain. Unfortunately, this led to it being frequently shrouded in fog and invisible from the sea! Two new lighthouses in the North and South now service the island.


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