/ NEWS: Ice Climbing on Welsh Slate

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Michael Ryan - on 07 Jan 2009
Adam Wainwright and Graham Desroy made an unusual ascent on Llanberis slate yesterday. It was cold enough that ice had formed on The Rippled Slab at the back of Bus Stop Quarry.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/older.html?month=01&year=2009#n45542
scorpia97 - on 07 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

out of interest, would this practice scratch the rock beneath, if the ice is thin?
Mike Raine - on 07 Jan 2009
In reply to scorpia97:

It would but the line climbed, Virgin on the Ridiculous is now redundant as a rock climb due to the drainage streak which enabled this ice climb to happen. There were a few other ice routes done in the quarries, back in the eighties, and as climbable conditions are so unusual I don't think damage to the rock will ever be a big issue.

Interestingly someone has recently bolted up a dry tooling line on a redundant overhanging wall (see the slate wiki)and the impact of that is almost less then then some 'free' routes put up!!
Nevis-the-cat - on 07 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Cool.

I recall Hodge Close saw some winter ascents of seepage lines. Not for the faint hearted as they were pretty run out.
andy - on 07 Jan 2009
In reply to Nevis-the-cat: That was, iirc the stream being rediverted down the first pitch of Sideshow. They diverted it away to allow them to climb the crack that was the first pitch then someone had the bright idea of diverting it back in the winter to form quite a chunky icefall - not sure if it still gets done.
petellis - on 07 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

I wonder how many sends the ice lines in Dukes/Robin hoods quarries have had?
In reply to petellis:
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com)
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> I wonder how many sends the ice lines in Dukes/Robin hoods quarries have had?

Hey - that's a good call!

Chris
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Amazing btw - I bet that was 'thin' in every sense!


Chris
Tony the Blade on 08 Jan 2009
In reply to Mike Raine:

I remember watching a couple of guys aid climbing in Serengeti back in the late 80's.
Mike Peacock on 08 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

There was this ice fall at Prince of Wales Quarry, above Cwm Pennant on Tuesday.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepeacock/3173972059/sizes/o/
Andy S - on 08 Jan 2009
In reply to Touching Centauri: sketchy!!
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paul_j_burgess - on 21 Jan 2009
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
CARPE DIEM chaps !

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