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everest1958 - on 30 Jan 2013
Was told that a solo climb was made on point five on the Ben this year.
Can some one tell me if this is right and give me a name.
Goucho on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: That is indeed correct.

His name is Charlton Chestwig.
gavinj - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Goucho: that must make him the worlds finest climber?
jas wood - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: 3rd Jan Ivor biggun
Scomuir on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Goucho:

Wasn't it Fredrick Arthur-Bob?
ablackett - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to everest1958: I believe what all the responses are saying is that this probably has happened and probably isn't that unusual. I might be wrong though as i'm no expert, Ivor Bigun might have got up it. I big pair would be handy.
Jamie B - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to ablackett:

It's not unusual to see the Point soloed in good conditions, but these are more likely to be found mid or late-season. It's barely been in condition so far this season, so I'd be surprised if anyone had strapped one on and gone for the solo.
Milesy - on 31 Jan 2013
Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it? :)
jonnie3430 - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it? :)

No, by using axes and crampons it's technically aiding, the clean FA is still there (get sharpening those finger and toe nails!)
Milesy - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to jonnie3430:
> (In reply to Milesy)
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> No, by using axes and crampons it's technically aiding, the clean FA is still there (get sharpening those finger and toe nails!)

I already have my Ice Climbing Ninja claws though!

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Hand-Climbing-Tigers-Spikes/dp/B0009X4CDO
Only a hill - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to jonnie3430:
Where does stepcutting fit in the spectrum between a modern-style ascent and a naked barefoot solo?
Michael Gordon - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Only a hill:

I think the type of ascent Smith/Marshall did (not the FA) is probably as far away from aid climbing as is possible on this route!
Nick Russell on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Only a hill:
> (In reply to jonnie3430)
> Where does stepcutting fit in the spectrum between a modern-style ascent and a naked barefoot solo?

I think that should be considered on the same level as chipping, and therefore highly unethical :p
everest1958 - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Jamie B:
> (In reply to ablackett)
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> It's not unusual to see the Point soloed in good conditions, but these are more likely to be found mid or late-season. It's barely been in condition so far this season, so I'd be surprised if anyone had strapped one on and gone for the solo.
Thank for your reply.
Robert Durran - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> Is it not technically a solo anyway and no one wants to admit it? :)

No idea what you mean by that.

Milesy - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Robert Durran:

Ack. It was a joke lighten up. I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.
Robert Durran - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> (In reply to Robert Durran)
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> Ack. It was a joke lighten up. I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.

I'm not sure it has that reputation anyway.

smithaldo - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy: pointless maybe but point five has some pretty solid fixed stuff as I remember. If that's covered you will get some screws in.
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Jamie B - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to Milesy:

> I hear its reputation for shite or improvised gear.

Protection is fine on Point Five - no worse than any other big grade V and better than many.


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