/ ARTICLE/VIDEO: Gravediggers E8, Accidental on-sight attempt
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I hope we've covered quite a few of them. One of the requests was for me to write about my experiences of on-sight trad climbing. What follows is an account of a recent brush with Gravediggers E8 6c - an accidental on-sight attempt:
"...Caution to the wind and I'm cupping the loosest and best bit of the hold, really leaning on it with all my weight. It's moving a bit too much... F*ck. Will it come off? I don't care any more, anything to relieve the pump.
Looking down at the fall, checking the runner, it looks too far. Will I hit that buttress? Will the wire hold me? God, I should have backed it up. Shit. Why didn't I back it up? Why did I climb this high? Fingers begin to unravel on the flake now..."
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Wow, i thought that was a really good article. Cheers
Like it.. sounds pretty exciting! Looking forward to seeing the full vid..
So what're these soft touches that suit lanky, weak, scared people then? (From a lanky, weak, scared person who like soft touches)
Cracking bit of inspiring writting Jack, well done. Had my palms sweating just reading it. Shame there isn't some photos of you on the route too.
Well done and well-written. Just the right length too, long enough to maintain the interest, not so long that we get bored.
Was that article sponsored by Posing Productions then? ;) Actually, I don't care as I think their films are great.
> Was that article sponsored by Posing Productions then? ;)
Great article. Good to hear that people trying to lead E8 are thinking the same sort of things I think about on a VS. It doesn't get any easier and the holds are smaller.
Very good ... nice movie/ text combination.
And the final "f··king hell, what am I doing on an e8" is pure gold.
Nicely written, I think regardless of whether we've attempted an E8 onsight that's probably a situation we can all relate to!
You seem remarkably calm on the video though...
Humor sensor not working today Mick?
> Humor sensor not working today Mick?
Very much so.
I prefer to take everything at face value though.
What a brilliant article, my hands are sweating just reading it!
This is the sort of article that makes UKC great.
Well done Jack
Brilliant article, one of the best I've read on here. Looking forward to watching the video when I get home.
PS I'd always (mistakenly) believed that Whillans was the first to climb Grond. It's mentioned on Joe Brown's site as JB's First Ascent (yet, under the FA details, it says 'also led by Whillans Patey And Smith at the same time').
It must have been a squash with four of them on it all at the same time! I wonder if JB set off first or if he did some over taking!? ;-) (that was a joke)
Glad people enjoyed the article. I enjoyed writing it.
it's funny 'cos it's true :¬)
good effort, brings back memories of finding myself in a similar place...
Your profile (which, of course is *bang* up to date) says best onsight E7...so I guess commiserations are in order?
Nice article - thank you.
Excellent read. I look forward to seeing the movie.
Great .... very funny article and video - I laughed out loud a few times.
Now read/watched it - fabulous; very funny.
You mean Gray, not Patey. I'm pretty sure DG says in one of his fictional autobiographies that Whillans was first.
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