/ Current state of Pregnant Pause - Portland

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maybe_si - on 12 Feb 2013
Howdy

I read on here a little while back that Pregnant Pause had suffered some rockfall, I was just wondering about the current state as I thought it would be perfect for my friend (as long as it is still 6a(ish) and not going to fall apart!)

Any up-to-date info would be much appreciated, also any recommendations for decent onsightable 7a's is cool too!

Cheers

Simon
The Ivanator - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to maybe_si: From what I recall of the previous thread the flake that detached has made the route slightly harder, but not altered the grade. Although it looks quite an intimidating line it was previously quite a soft touch for 6a+ - IMO a long, fairly sustained 6a climb in an exposed position.
The route is a fair walk from either end of Blacknor and the paths at the moment are likely to be horrendous. A 50m rope is not long enough to belay Pregnant Pause from the path, although you can scramble up to a raised ledge to the right of the route with a belay staple.
Like most of Portland the rock needs to be treated with a degree of caution, particularly after the wet winter, but it is a well travelled route, so not a tottering pile of choss.
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The Ivanator - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to maybe_si: Wolfgang Forever was the first 7a a regular partner of mine onsighted, not been on it myself (too hard for me) http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=13210
Sacred Angel at Blacknor South looks from logbook comments like a soft touch at the grade, if you want to boost your ego ;-)
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=13294

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