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everest1958 - on 30 Jan 2013
Was told that a solo climb was made on point five on the Ben this year.
Can some one tell me if this is right and give me a name.
Goucho on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: That is indeed correct.

His name is Charlton Chestwig.
gavinj - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Goucho: that must make him the worlds finest climber?
jas wood - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: 3rd Jan Ivor biggun
Scomuir on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Goucho:

Wasn't it Fredrick Arthur-Bob?
ablackett - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: I believe what all the responses are saying is that this probably has happened and probably isn't that unusual. I might be wrong though as i'm no expert, Ivor Bigun might have got up it. I big pair would be handy.
Jamie B - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to ablackett:

It's not unusual to see the Point soloed in good conditions, but these are more likely to be found mid or late-season. It's barely been in condition so far this season, so I'd be surprised if anyone had strapped one on and gone for the solo.
Milesy - on 31 Jan 2013
Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it?
jonnie3430 - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it?

No, by using axes and crampons it's technically aiding, the clean FA is still there (get sharpening those finger and toe nails!)
Milesy - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to jonnie3430:
> (In reply to Milesy)
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> No, by using axes and crampons it's technically aiding, the clean FA is still there (get sharpening those finger and toe nails!)

I already have my Ice Climbing Ninja claws though!

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Hand-Climbing-Tigers-Spikes/dp/B0009X4CDO
Only a hill - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to jonnie3430:
Where does stepcutting fit in the spectrum between a modern-style ascent and a naked barefoot solo?
Michael Gordon - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Only a hill:

I think the type of ascent Smith/Marshall did (not the FA) is probably as far away from aid climbing as is possible on this route!
Nick Russell on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Only a hill:
> (In reply to jonnie3430)
> Where does stepcutting fit in the spectrum between a modern-style ascent and a naked barefoot solo?

I think that should be considered on the same level as chipping, and therefore highly unethical :p
everest1958 - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Jamie B:
> (In reply to ablackett)
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> It's not unusual to see the Point soloed in good conditions, but these are more likely to be found mid or late-season. It's barely been in condition so far this season, so I'd be surprised if anyone had strapped one on and gone for the solo.
Thank for your reply.
Robert Durran - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it?

No idea what you mean by that.

Milesy - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Robert Durran:

Ack. It was a joke lighten up. I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.
Robert Durran - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy:
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> Ack. It was a joke lighten up. I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.

I'm not sure it has that reputation anyway.

smithaldo - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy: pointless maybe but point five has some pretty solid fixed stuff as I remember. If that's covered you will get some screws in.
Jamie B - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy:

> I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.

Protection is fine on Point Five - no worse than any other big grade V and better than many.


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