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Topic - Why call it a ground up when it's only an on site attempt?

RobNZ - on 08 Jun 2012
The phrase "ground up" tends to have a different meaning in New Zealand.

It's when you walk to the base of a cliff that's never been climbed or inspected before and climb a line "ground up" expelling rocks, trees, lichen, insects and small furry animals in the process. If you fall or rest we call it a "ground up attempt" if you get to the top without falling you've bagged a "ground up first ascent".

The phrase "ground up" refers to the increased difficultly and risk (often mostly to the belayer) associated with climbing a line which has never been climbed, researched or cleaned. It is significantly difficult than a mere on site.

I did a quick search on ukc forums and couldn't find the answer.
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