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Topic - Ley Quarry Rope Access

BrendanO - on 02 Apr 2013
1st visit to Ley last Friday, 4" snow on ground but very pleasant place to climb! Tried all the wee routes that you first come to, then attempted the rope traverse to the main "Pool" wall.

there appear to be no footholds etc on the rock - it looks like a tyrolean-type traverse. However, despite tensioning the rope a bit, and clipping a krab into my belay loop and the rope, I got about 6-8 feet across the water before getting a wet chalk bag, and had to retreat - my partner is lots heavier than me, and would have been underwater! Didn't want to overtighten the rope (it's old, and wet through, and if it broke, there'd be hypothermia at least!).

We eventually walked round the pond, and made up our own diagonal traverse, topping out at the tree above a 6a to walk home.

Is there something I'm missing? Or is the water level way higher than usual? I'm up for abseiling in next time if need be, now I know I can climb up and out, but 4pm on a cold day wasn't the time to start experimenting!

Advice appreciated!
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