/ NEW ARTICLE: Cry Freedom F8b+ - A Personal Account
"The first run on lead went well with a brutal set of moves I fought my way to last holds before powering out... I'd not given the top few moves the respect they deserved."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1933
Great article - congratulations!
I've been told that Steve Roberts top-roped Cry Freedom (clean) three times in an afternoon. If so, he deserves an honourable mention.
Superb effort... perhaps the rest of us could benefit from Simon's 'tough love' line in motivation!
Can someone enlighten me? What's a "French blow"...or as an adult should I have discovered that by now??
Steve Roberts (rock star)/ Roger Daltrey (rock star)
I believe the above rumour to be true.
For the record it was another Simon though I was there and in any case Drew/dirtbag didnt seem to look as though he required additional psyche.
He looked totally solid on the route and from where I was sitting was well within his capabilities - Rainshadow next ?
Has Ste Mac done it as well?
I would love to take some credit for the tick but even the 'punch me...' line I've stolen from someone else.
Nope (afaik), but Simon L mentioned 'some German guy a decade a go'. No further info available on that.
> Can someone enlighten me? What's a "French blow"...
Blowing the excess chalk from your fingers after dipping
or as an adult should I have discovered that by now??
Your possibly thinking of the Smythe blow. I could give more details but just remember he was very flexible!
Jibe and Tony Mitchell are not very tall. I thought he might be saving it for the on sight.
The list of ascentionist on the front page is earily similar to the one I put on UKB. There is talk of 'some German bloke' doing CF back in the day, but no-one can remeber his name (as of yet).
AFAIK Ste Mac hasn't done it yet (could be wrong on that though), he did say it felt more like 8c for him as there's a move on it which he finds reachy.
Nice one Drew :-) Looks like you'll be in fine fettle for the BLCC's!
As well as the mysterious German, apparently Raboutou did it as well, so there must be a shorties method.
> For the record it was another Simon though I was there...
Thought you were far too nice for that malarky. Still, one does wonder - Royal Marine training and all that...
Glad to hear the Steve Roberts story true. Yes, he's a rock star!
I don't know about others but, when I hear about someone sending (oops!) something beyond my wildest dreams, I think, "Good for them!" followed by,"Well maybe you could put a little more effort in." And the truth is that nearly all of us can give it some more oomph.
>Your possibly thinking of the Smythe blow.
Didier didn't do it he had two days on it.
> Didier didn't do it he had two days on it.
Is that definite? Lovatt's of the opinion he did.
Nice write-up and excellent commentary. More like this please!
The "Roberto 'The Stallion' Stalloni" made me laugh.
Good article hope you do well in the competitions this year.
Andy 'The Columbian Drug Baron' S.......
Cheers for that Andy....I think(?)
I feel I must post the photo of you Drew.
Is this the 'World record medal + champers + sexy pose' photo?
best not to have a conversation with yourself on here Drew -
For your fans, a better version...
I'll PM you later Andy.
General diet advice on a public forum is not something I'm comfortable with, it needs keeping specific to the individual.
I'm a great believer in maxing out the technique and strength before hitting the rice-cakes.
(Niiiiice winning pose by the way!)
ah but you've given the game away there.
a rice cake
a rice cake
a rice cake (two on training days)
Nice Frenchies there, Drew. I've got them down to a tee now. Neil mentioned he'd been looking at Cry Freedom but I've forgotten how far he said he'd got on it. Needless to say Austria is being a complete washout for him so he'll no doubt come back psyched for something or other.
For those asking about Drew's training tips all they need do is live at the Depot for 6 days a week. Keep Steve Dunning in Yorkshire Tea while doing hour long sessions of stretches in between crushing sessions on the plastic. It's true dedication.
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