/ NEWS: Tom Peckitt Climbs Hard Almscliff Link-Up
Bulbhaul is on the Keel boulder and links the C&A Traverse into The Bulb without using the block at the back of the roof.
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Well done Tom!!
What are the grades of the individual problems?
C&A traverse is 7a but then you have to reverse the V4 crack problem into the roof, this is pretty tricky. There are acouple of methods (I find my high foot and cut loose method the easiest/shortest). Not sure of grade for those moves. Then you do the bulb from this crack which has been conformed at 8a+.
That should be justification for the proposed grade. Additionally, the last Bulb move feels more difficult than the last move of Real Keelhaul, which is certainly 8b (and a hard one IMO). The holds are better but the move is more strenuous. After all those previous moves it is really draining.
Err, not quite!
Voyager sit start probably hardest...?
Was it a long standing LGP which had been tried before or just a cool looking eliminatey link? :)
I suppose people know that there are still link ups to go on this boulder but I'm not sure anyone else was trying the full link. Nacho Sanchez (a very strong Shef-based climber) did the bulb from the obvious crack without the block but thought he may not have the stamina for the full thing. They (Bulbhaul and Real Keelhaul) are still really good problems from this obvious crack.
Maybe the next step is to continue this Bulbhaul link into Natural Traverse. That'll be seriously difficult and arm melting!
As for hardest problem on grit, I have no idea. Grades are very subjective. I haven't tried Voyager or the SDS but it looks nails (and painful).
Just wondering. In the clip of your failed attempt the clip starts from a couple of moves into c and a. Is this where you start from for bulbhaul (and keelhaul, real keelhaul) or has editing/recording etc cut off the start of the attempt? Sorry this is a really geeky question but I'm keen to get one (or more) of these ticked so would appreciate a clarification.
Anyway well done!
Oh yeah obviously bon effort.
Well spotted. I start Bulbhaul and Real Keelhaul from the big pocket with RH and sloper with LH (as per video). The reason is that when I first did Keelhaul this was the starting point, which the first ascensionist used also (Andy Swann). I suppose it has just stuck and is an obvious starting point.
Good luck with your attempts. It would be really nice to get a consensus if you do any of them.
So does Keelhaul start from there also? I hope so because I really struggle with those first couple of moves from the big jug round the corner for some reason.
I'll keep you posted on my thoughts not that I lay any claim to grading knowledge....
Yeah, Keelhaul also starts from there. They all do.
I know what you mean about those first moves on C&A trav. They're not actually very hard at all, just very knacky.
"I'll keep you posted on my thoughts not that I lay any claim to grading knowledge"
I know how you feel ; )
Thats the best news I've had this year!
I agree, they're not that hard but as you say knacky and weirdly tiring, strange.
Yeah, Keeg. You go ahead and do the cop-out version.
It's only yourself you'll be cheating......
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