/ NEWS: Rockfall on Lundy - Classic Hard Routes Affected
"Sometime over the winter of 2009 a major rockfall occurred in Starship Zawn, Lundy Island. A number of huge blocks would appear to have 'dropped' out from the heart of the wall..."
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The jammed 'sheild' with a huge block sat on it looks a little suspect too!
I can't say I'm surprised.
That initial traverse on Araucaria - so called because it goes (or more accurately, went) across and down, for any Grauniad readers out there! - was quite terrifying. You were hand traversing the top of a massive beam of granite which appeared to be completely detached, apart from the pressure holding it in place at either end. The sections of that beam now form a not-so-neat pile on the floor of the zawn (and Araucaria joins the ever-growing list of routes I have done which subsequently fell down!).
As for Amygdala still being climbable, whilst the leaning wall which forms that substance of the route appears unaffected, the demise of the Araucaria beam means you will no longer be able to get to it...
...or at least that is how it looks to me.... (Paul?, Nic?)
If it happened in Winter 2009, why is this news? Slow news week....
... and that have fallen down BEFORE you could get your hands on them... Equilibrium St Govans...!
Didn't the big block on Crucible on Cwm Sillin fall down as well years ago, altering the route?
How did you know I'd never been there, Sutty?!
Knowing some of your history, I thought it may be one cliff you missed but was not sure. Didn't think you want to Wales much and many other crags with plenty to go at with easier access.
What a shame! Both routes looked awesome. Not that I could attempt either, but they looked mindblowing. Great effort climbing them when they were possible!
Quite a lot of rockfall last year, what with Exorcist as well.
The beam looks as if its almost certainly gone to me.
I would think that the rockfall (winter 2009/10) has only just been spotted as the bird bans have only just come off and not many climbers will have visited this zawn (or the island) until perhaps the last 6 weeks or so.
Spot on Mark, my brother and I picked up on the rockfall whilst out on our trip in August and contary to some peoples opinion (particularly my wife!) I do not live on the island!
Good point Mark :)
Yeh, i guess so. Im not familiar with Lundy.
If this crag is off the beaten track, then your right, its very unlikely to have been spotted.
But, it just sounded like, since the rough date of the rockfall was known, then it must have been then.. Whos to say it didnt come down in the bird ban season?
With apologies to Nick White - how many "classic" routes have been affected?
Hi Tom, yes take your point, never sure what constitutes 'classic' but Araucaria had seen a relatively large number of ascents for a climb of this grade on Lundy and Solaris was'nt far behind. As you know most people don't stray much off the well-trodden path of 15- 20 select routes so its all relative.
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