/ NEW ARTICLE: Adventure on Monte Monaco - Sicily

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UKC Articles - on 06 Mar 2012
Scott leading out on the traverse of pitch 9., 2 kbIn this article UKC regular Jim Titt gives his account of the first ascent of a route on Monte Monaco, Sicily.

"I thought it was the pits already and the night was going to be a long one. The wind gusted around the corner, raindrops gleaming in the light of my headtorch. I huddled further into the poor shelter offered by my rucksack and listened to the thunderstorm brewing up on the peak above..."

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Mick Ward - on 06 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

'Fitness was out of the question... in fact according to all those definitions we read on the forums neither of us actually qualify as climbers these days!'

Lovely stuff, Jim! Feel free to carry on failing to qualify as climbers. And, certainly in Scott's case (don't know about you), being a snappy dresser. The route looks good as well. Congratulations.

Mick
jimtitt - on 06 Mar 2012
In reply to Mick Ward:
Thanks. We donīt get out much (well me in particular) but we do try to get things done on the odd occasion, we put up another 10 sport routes as well that week.
Scott had the sartorial edge on me this time, Primark would be aspirational when it comes to my climbing clothing. My fleece cost Ģ2.00 in 1988 and the rest isnīt a great deal better. I tend to climb in the same clothes I walk the dog in, clearly we need a clothing sponsor (and perhaps a stylist)!

Jim
purple sue - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:
Nice one Jim & Scott. Really great effort on what will become a trade route eventually.
Dave 88 - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

That looks ace, I really want to climb that. Brilliant effort.
Dave 88 - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

Jim is this in the logbook anywhere? I want to add it to my wishlist (aka "to do list").
jimtitt - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to Dave 88:

I donīt do that logbook stuff so no, there are another 400 routes not in the logbook already! Iīll ask Scott to put it in if he can, heīs the crag moderator.
Iīd better finish the topo as well!

Jim
scott titt - on 08 Mar 2012
jimtitt - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to scott titt:

Jeez, that was quick! Must be raining back home!
Dave 88 - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

Thank you sirs. Er, could I be a real pain in the arse and ask you to email me the topo when it's done? I'd really love to do this and it's always hard to find partners when all you've got is "yeah I heard it goes up here somewhere".
jimtitt - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to Dave 88:

Iīll mail you one later when Iīve brushed it up, though it does just go up there somewhere! In fact the first 9 pitches are fully bolted so I doubt youīd get lost, after that it just goes up taking the line of least resistance. Its pretty obvious really, you donīt climb the overhanging yellow walls!

Jim
Scarab9 - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to UKC Articles:

nicely written article and what sounds like a hell of a route. nice one guys.
Dave 88 - on 08 Mar 2012
In reply to jimtitt:
> (In reply to Dave 88)
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> you donīt climb the overhanging yellow walls!

I never do!

Cheers Jim, much appreciated.


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