/ THE LOWDOWN: Catxasa, 9a+, for Ramon Julian
Ramon Julian Puigblanque, the Spanish power house (cabin?), has repeated Chris Sharma's Catxasa, 9a+, at Santa Linya, seemingly not bothered by the 39 degree...
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Made me laugh this! The thought of someone in Spain talking about bad conditions! He should have a look at Kilnsey and Malham at the moment!
Come on Dave that is referring to people like you! I'm sure Kilnsey is in good enough nick for you to achieve your climbing goals.
If my climbing goals are to be able to cross the river and lap a slightly damp Comedy then yes it is in great condition!
Even the human fly himself (Ondra) would struggle on north buttress at present!
I mean, c'mon. The second one stayed up all night dying his underwear!
Neither of those guys were at Kilnsey on Monday. There were however plenty of midges.
Bet Ramon didn't get eaten alive by a cloud of blood hungry little beasts whilst complaining about the "terrible" conditions!
This is phenomenal. That cave feels hot when it's 20 degrees, I can't imagine even being at the crag in 39 degrees!
Why do you quote "Terrible conditions"? We are talking about 9a+, were you aware of that?
I quoted "terrible conditions" because it seemed slightly ironic that we are currently suffering from the worst June I have ever seen and that most of our sport crags are currently wet. The idea of bad conditions being found in spain in pretty much the opposite weather seemed vaguely amusing to me.
I am aware that it is 9a+ and if you can't tell that I really wasn't serious then I despair!
Sense of humour failure i think, don't despair.
Temps hit 44 here today ( near Malaga ) and predicted to get close to 50 in the next week. While it does mean we can go to the beach instead of climbing it really does make climbing hard. It's the kind of heat that you can feel pressing down on your head as you step out the door.
I'd still take this ( and my tan ) over green, slimy grit or slippy lime though ;0)
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