/ THE LOWDOWN: Speed intégrale, hard 9a, by Lachat
The route is an extension to Beat Kammerlander's Speed, a notoriously hard for the grade 8c+, which was put up in 1995. This route finishes 3/4...
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Probably just being a bit thick, but this...
... just doesn't make any sense to me. The route is an extension to Speed which finishes 3/4 of the way up the wall - that bit makes sense. I'd presume this goes to the top?
So where the hell does Lucy fit in?
Right, ok. In which case, it doesn't sound all that newsworthy.
Probably not - a sign of the times. A linkup of two old routes to nudge it to the 9a grade would be newsworthy if it was at the Tor or Malham. The most interesting snippet was that a 16 year old route was nearly 9a - that's comporable to Action Direct done only 4 year's earlier in 1991. Beat Kammerlander's name is a familiar (and unusual) name but I didnt know he was that good then.
Well that's cleared that up.
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