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Sounds great.....but what about those who consider it possible to have a life outwith Facebook? Maybe we're mistaken. Also, there's no link to the "online application" mentioned.
Sounds good but some of the hyperbole is a bit strained. Not sure I would call Tromso 'one of the most remote climbing locations in the world', you can fly from the UK and be craging the same day - or even drive there in about three days!
And for those who have succumbed, Goretex want a completely unreasonable amount of access to your Facebook information. However, I'm guessing they are after bright young telegenic things for whom sharing inside leg measurements with the world seems less of an issue.
According to this from dave's blog, it's probably a bit harder:
"Just before I posted this up I read a timely post on Ian Parnellís blog with a full list of all the routes of grade IX and above. I canít say it really helped that much for making a wild and disclaimer-ridden stab at a grade for Anubis. But what did stand out was the consistency of routes which are often reasonably protected HVSs working out at IX in winter. There are of course some E2s and up to about E4s that have been done as winter mixed routes, generally where the cruxes involve cracks. Anubis, although dramatically harder at E8 does have a useful short crack at the crux, but then a section of E5 6a face climbing on small crimps. Bla blaÖ the long and short of it is I do think itís a significant step up from any of the routes Iíve done. The crux is not much harder than Donít Die, but then the rest is like stringing three of the IXs on Ianís list together. So maybe itís XII if my other two routes are really XI. Or if The Hurting and Donít Die are really grade X then Anubis might make it into XI. Iíll keep thinking about it..."
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