/ Tintern Quarry Thirty Foot Wall - warning
I've had a report that the lower-off on the route Box of Tricks on Thirty Foot Wall may be unsafe, and for that reason the route is best avoided until someone has had a look at it. Essentially a climber dislodged (thankfully without any injuries) a microwave-size block from underneath the lower-off, but the removal of this block has called into question the stability of the chunk of rock above holding the lower-off bolts.
I think I've got time to go have a look this afternoon, so may be able to confirm this report later. If it needs re-drilling someone else will need to step in I'm afraid - outside my field of expertise!
I think I can give the all-clear on this one - I've checked the top of Box of Tricks and several routes to either side and all the lower-offs are in solid rock with no sign of any cracks or weakening. I couldn't see any sign of anything having come off Box of Tricks, though it looked like something might have come off the top of Ghetto Fabulous, but I don't think it will have significantly changed the route.
Thanks rick for checking it out but to be honest I put my helmet on as soon as I get out the car at tintern. I am sure I will heading that way soon now the weather is better
Absolutely, I've no intention of checking every report of a loose hold at Tintern Quarry! However, the possibility of a lower-off being affected seemed worth checking out.
I've had an update/correction on this report - the route in question is Hyperwar, on the right-hand side of the Thirty Foot Wall - this is the one with the lower off adjacent to the last bolt. I suggest avoiding this route until further notice - apparently a notice has been placed under the route.
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