/ Monolith crack
I know it's only S but it's not the kind of route that can really be graded; my chimney climbing pervert friend wasn't to have a go- he likes to seek out the most grotesque routes.
I'll give the most appalling things a lead providing that it doesn't turn out NAILS.
Oh suggest you leave it a bit at the mo!
I had to back off and do the VS variation up the front, as I had the fear I was going to get stuck and my body would slowly decay and climbers would have to avoid the routes for years as I slowly rotted. I never thought I was claustrophobic but this route still haunts me!
Sounds pretty grim mind..
It's brilliant. Claustrophobia or a fat arse are much more likely to be a problem than any technical difficulty.
Such fun! Make your mate laugh and watch them slide back to the start :-)
Basically if you can get through the entrance then you've done the narrowest part, the rest is easy.
It's a bit disturbing entering the narrows. You are only shuffling sideways along the flat interior of the Crack but if you try and take a deep breath your ribs are compressed by the enclosing walls and there isn't room to turn your head either.
If you stay calm you should survive.
A great "traditional" outing (as opposed to a great "trad" outing). Enjoyed the experience a couple of times, didn't find it too bad. I did watch a mate (who was climbing well at the time) have an epic on this - I think he was asking for trouble when he started out in his t-shirt and shades, oh how we laughed.
Get on it, potentially, you'll remember this route more than many others - I know I do.
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