/ THE LOWDOWN: Catxasa, 9a+, for Ramon Julian

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Björn Pohl - UKC - on 27 Jun 2012
Ramon Julian Puigblanque on Catxasa, 9a+, Santa Linya, Spain, 4 kbThose of us in the habit of blaming bad conditions when we don't perform as well as we expect... perhaps we should reconsider.
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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davo - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to Björn Pohl - UKC:

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!
JM - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to Björn Pohl - UKC:
> Those of us in the habit of blaming bad conditions

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.
davo - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to JM:

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!
EZ on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to davo:

> human fly

http://www.samruby.com/Villains/HumanFly/HumanFlyLogoPic.gif

or

http://images.wikia.com/simpsons/images/f/f8/Human_Fly.jpg

I mean, c'mon. The second one stayed up all night dying his underwear!
davo - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to EZ:

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!
abarro81 - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to Björn Pohl - UKC:
This is phenomenal. That cave feels hot when it's 20 degrees, I can't imagine even being at the crag in 39 degrees!
David Aran - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to davo:

Why do you quote "Terrible conditions"? We are talking about 9a+, were you aware of that?
davo - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to David Aran:

Sigh!

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!
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biscuit - on 27 Jun 2012
In reply to davo:

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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