/ Wreckers Slab - Speed climb ascent
Starting at the bottom, on belay, Tom moved quickly to create a full 45m between us. Belay devise removed, a quick shout and we were moving fast together. Cruising the cruz, a continuous tug on my harness, letting me know Tom was on easier ground and wanted to go faster. He let out a shout, signalling that I was no longer climbing with the protection of a tight rope, footholds which were previously little and hairy, suddenly became ledges. Smears were the name of the game.
Greeting Tom with a swear word, I ran past him across the ridge, neither of us on belay. Rope stuck, Tom tripping, stop watch stopped: 25:36:07
So (after thinking myself as a writer for the last 15 minutes) I now propose, to any climbers out there thinking (or not thinking) of ascending the great south west test piece, a challenge. Beat the time, with proof, by the end of the year and there's a few beers in it for you. I don't really expect many people to respond to this, but I'm currently in bed unable to move, and Bored senseless. As a side note, are there any other challenges people want to set/have set in the climbing world?
I managed in in two hours one evening with a friend.
When I climbing it 20 yrs ago, it was about to collapse then!
You need to have more chossy adventures. Wreckers Slab is relatively solid. It certainly doesn't look in any imminent danger of falling down!
> You need to have more chossy adventures. Wreckers Slab is relatively solid. It certainly doesn't look in any imminent danger of falling down!
Sorry Mr Fowler... ;-)
Hi Alex, good time! I reckon someone could smash it though if they were soloing, or is that not part of the deal? (not that I'm volunteering!)
I've got a challenge I've set myself locally, but it's secret for now (especially secret from handy lads like you! ;)
Anyway, how you injured yourself?
Mark, you're always welcome down here mate, especially after the help you gave me on my dissertation (Sorry UKC, I know it's a hated word round here!), would be happy to go for a climb/hold some ropes for you.
It's not fallen down yet, however a vast quantity of the decent onto the beach has now dropped, this has actually made it easier to get in. Traffic is always good on routes like this, holds are always in different shapes and places the next time around, if you know what I mean!
Southern Man, don't want to say it has to be roped because that's just being rubbish. However, we kind of had in mind the speed ascent of the Nose, and wanted it to be done in the style.
Done something to my neck. Can't look down - makes life interesting!
My 2 buddies and I climbed Wreckers Slab in exactly 7 minutes and 5 seconds and indubitably here is my proof:
So please can I claim my few beers?! ;-)
Dave, I clicked on that video expecting to be absolutely shown up, preparing to hide my face on UKC for a few weeks! Looks like you had a thoroughly pleasant ascent of the slab. I propose the challenge to you though!
> Dave, I clicked on that video expecting to be absolutely shown up, preparing to hide my face on UKC for a few weeks! Looks like you had a thoroughly pleasant ascent of the slab. I propose the challenge to you though!
<laughs> Sorry Alex I could not resist it and yep the boys and I had a great ascent (my third I think?) on a glorious day of this Culm Classic.
As for your challenge? Well I'm far too much of a wuss and decrepit to think of soloing it so your time is good enough for me! Unless anyone else knows otherwise... ;-)
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