/ NEWS: Cornish E7 for Cherry Bedford plus New Routes
The route is thirty five metres of steadily overhanging greenstone with fingery, engaging moves and big but safe runouts.
Alexis Perry has been busy leaving his own 'mark' at the crag...
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67086
Good work, nice to see some Cornish news :)
Awesome climbing and a great blog too, really well written.
Both Off the Mark and International Kidney Dealer are probably around 7c. Maybe. Maybe easier. Hard to grade these things. I graded IKD to be consistent with OTM. OTM isn't so bad once you know where the holds are but, as I perceive it, it's a hard onsight as most holds on that wall slope outwards, and finding the ones that don't is a tiring business. Same goes for IKD. If they're chalked, then it's going to really reduce the difficulty. Both routes are quite runout (esp. IKD), but then again, if you fall 10 metres into free space, is that a whole lot worse than falling 1 metre? And does a longer but safe fall warrant a higher grade? It's so much more cut and dried when you either hit the ground or you don't!
It might be that both routes get onsighted (they do have sufficient gear to encourage an onsight) and settle in at E6. Maybe they won't. In some sense it doesn't matter too much, they're both great and it's an absolute privilege to put up quality new routes in such a sublime setting.
Hey Pezerr, thanks for the reply. All the routes there look great. I'm going to have to pay a visit and have a wee look. I like the International Kidney Dealer name; is there a story behind that one I wonder? Congrats!!
Surprisingly, it's horticultural and potato-based. Most good things in life are!
The International Kidney is a great cultivar...
Well I would agree there (better that than an illegal trade in human organs anyway) and I now know what a cultivar is too!
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