/ NEWS: Ice Climbing on Welsh Slate
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out of interest, would this practice scratch the rock beneath, if the ice is thin?
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!!
I recall Hodge Close saw some winter ascents of seepage lines. Not for the faint hearted as they were pretty run out.
I wonder how many sends the ice lines in Dukes/Robin hoods quarries have had?
> I wonder how many sends the ice lines in Dukes/Robin hoods quarries have had?
Hey - that's a good call!
Amazing btw - I bet that was 'thin' in every sense!
I remember watching a couple of guys aid climbing in Serengeti back in the late 80's.
There was this ice fall at Prince of Wales Quarry, above Cwm Pennant on Tuesday.
CARPE DIEM chaps !
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