/ NEWS: McClure Flashes Kilnsey 8b+
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Glad this got its own new item - yet another incredible achievement. Maybe the lack of response to this thread is due to the fact that we almost expect this sort of thing from Steve.
Compare and contrast with Gaz Parry's comments reported on the first ascent news article!
'This year with rekindled enthusiasm and some spare time due to the cancellation of the Boulder World Cup in Belgrade Serbia, I spent four days on the line and finally got the link in very windy but excellent friction conditions.'
Can't help but marvel that this story gets 3 posts but the one on the scottish route gets 5 billion. Perhaps if Mick had given it an E grade or something it would have got a better response?
Effort! And this news just seems to slip under the radar!
Just tell her he's quite short.
Sounds like you'll have to resot to shaving your head and flashing 8b+.
Well said. Always seems to be the way. It's like the Ondra stories hardly getting any attention (post wise) despite the fact that the kid is swiftly setting about revolutionising hard climbing as we know it.
8b+ flash / onsight is truly amazing and on UK limestone it's a different story to some places abroad where the holds are so much more obvious. See Steve warmed down with an onsight of Grooved Arete too. The mind boggles.
Steve is so far ahead of everyone else in this country sport climbing wise it's scary. I mean, Gaz is no slouch and yet this route took him a few days. The fact that he reached ST's highpoint on Rhapsody in a day should be enough for the trad brigade to sit up and take notice / realise just how hard the things that Steve is doing are.
> 8b+ flash / onsight is truly amazing and on UK limestone it's a different story to some places abroad where the holds are so much more obvious.
Definitely - I was talking about this on Sunday to someone who returned from Kalymnos with some excellent onsights and he was commenting on how different it would be to achieve the same in Yorkshire.
> Steve is so far ahead of everyone else in this country sport climbing wise it's scary.
Lose the hair and those hardcore sport ticks will be a doddle......
I thought Ben's dreads were the key to hard sport climbing?
No the key was the fact that he was (is) strong as f*ck and trained like a beast.
Congrats to both Steve and Gaz, I guess I need to get our website updated AGAIN!!
> Definitely - I was talking about this on Sunday to someone who returned from Kalymnos with some excellent onsights and he was commenting on how different it would be to achieve the same in Yorkshire.
> Totally agree.
Hi Ian yeah that was me you were taking to at Goredale! Totally agree 8b+ OS on british limestone is a world class effort but you wouldn,t expect anything less from Mr McClure!
I always thought in English sport climbing circles that Grooved Arete was a mega classic? Funny Steve hadn't done it before when there can't be too many British sports routes he hasn't done. Wasn't Grooved Arete that Nadin onsighted? One of the earliest 8a onsight in the world or something?
That was The Groove at Malham I believe.
> That was The Groove at Malham I believe.
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