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derryclimbs - on 20 Apr 2013
On a recent trip abroad I was given some local beta which was completely inaccurate (or more probably my understanding of it but I wont admit to that!). Turned what was supposed to be a quick 2 pitch classic into a 3 hour epic going up a face 3 grades harder than we had anticipated. Worst thing is that we disregarded what the guidebook said because of what we'd been told about new bolted routes being on the face.

Anyway, we laugh about it now but was very frustrated at the time. many expletives used, sun burn on the back of our legs, a touch of bloody knuckle syndrome and a tonne of sweat! But hey, it cant all go to plan. right?
derryclimbs - on 20 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

so yeah, what's the worst beta you've ever been given?
wercat on 20 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:


I think my brother telling me the Mittellegi Ridge was no harder than Striding Edge. What i regretted most was his advice not to take any metalware other than carabiners, axes and crampons.
Franco Cookson on 20 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Matthew Roper on heading the shot "It only gets harder after the 3rd bolt".
abseil on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

Three Pebble Slab is E0.
Blue Straggler - on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

" Go on mate, you've done the hard bit"
andic - on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

"It's cam city up there"
"Yes I know"
"Why didn't you take any?"
"You told me not to take too much gear and watched me place my only big friend in the first break!"
.......
"We'll you're not a pup any more and you kept your head"

Hargreaves original
Nick Russell on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

I think one of the Roaches guidebooks used to say "small cams in the break at half height" for San Melas. It's the only protection on the route and very definitely requires large cams!
yer maw on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Northumberland grades aren't really that much different.
David S Gainor - on 21 Apr 2013
"If you wear big boots you can do a sort of bat hang on the crux of Outward Bound. Not sure how you get out of it though."

Brilliant, cheers for that.
Wiley Coyote - on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

Me: "What's like over the roof?"
Him: "There's a line of buckets up the wall"
Me: "Cheers."
Me: (fifteen seconds later) "I can only find some little nicks"
Him: "Oh yeah. They're only finger buckets"
Enty - on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

When you get to the Porthole on Right wall - "have a look a couple of feet to your left and there's a bomber rock 7"

E
Mark Warnett - on 21 Apr 2013
Tippler Direct:
Him - Trust me mate you don't need any cams above 1.5.
Then...
Don't worry about the intermediate on the right you go straight for the left hand.
Should have gone for the on-sight!
johncook - on 21 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Any beta beginning 'Just.....'
lizzieliveshere on 22 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

''theres a bomber head jam near the top''
johncoxmysteriously - on 22 Apr 2013
In reply to Franco Cookson:
> (In reply to derryclimbs) Matthew Roper on heading the shot "It only gets harder after the 3rd bolt".

That's true, isn't it?

Loving some of the others.

jcm
deacondeacon - on 22 Apr 2013
In reply to lizzieliveshere: The Rasp?
Sean Kelly - on 22 Apr 2013
In reply to Franco Cookson:
> (In reply to derryclimbs) Matthew Roper on heading the shot "It only gets harder after the 3rd bolt".

'tis true, as you crimp up on matchstick edges at that point!
Personally I seem to recall being told that 'x' size cam required on the underside of Sloth, and I was wondering why it kept falling out. Said 'b*lls' and climbed on without the placement!
Thoms6974 - on 23 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

"The most obvious way is not the best way" when looking up at the three crack lines over the crux of The South Ridge Direct on Arran.

What makes a crack obvious again?
rtwilli4 - on 23 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

My partner and I wanted to climb Fine Jade on the Rectory and the North Face of Castleton Tower in the same day. Someone who is usually spot on with the beta sort of sandbagged us. He seems to think that we are these awesome climbers who can cruise up any 5.11 anywhere. Little did he know that wide hands is not my strong suit. TNF of Castleton starts with 150 feet of wide hands and he told us that we'd be fine with 3-4 blue camalots. "You guys will crush it, no problem." In reality, we could have used 6-8 and it crushed us!
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lukehodson on 24 Apr 2013
In reply to Nick Russell:
> (In reply to derryclimbs)
>
> I think one of the Roaches guidebooks used to say "small cams in the break at half height" for San Melas. It's the only protection on the route and very definitely requires large cams!

I got sandbagged by this one - I stuffed a gold camalot (size 2?) at the back of the break in a very flared placement then proceeded to shit my pants up the top slab.

To be fair the correct description probably wouldn't have made any difference as this was my biggest cam anyway, but might not have gone for it with that knowledge before hand!
Steve nevers on 24 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: "Use the pinch that isn't there anymore and then blindly slap for the dead rotten tree root and haul on that to top out." On a Solo.

Cheers Dan.
johncoxmysteriously - on 24 Apr 2013
In reply to rtwilli4:

>TNF of Castleton starts with 150 feet of wide hands and he told us that we'd be fine with 3-4 blue camalots.

Blimey, how on earth did you fall for that?!

jcm
Bulls Crack - on 24 Apr 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

Gary Gibson once told us back in the 90's sometime that Llanymynech 'never got wet' so we decided to take a punt and drove their from Manchester one damp day. On the way we we wondering whether it stayed dry because (a) it was all overhanging or (b) was protected by a big roof.....neither as it turned out and it was gopping!

Sorry Gary but I've never quite forgiven you ;-)
DaveFidler on 19 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: "Oh yeah, the 6a goes up that wall."
It was 7a+...
OliBangbala - on 19 May 2013
In reply to DaveFidler

"yeah mate it definately goes out left there i remember the move"
"are you sure!? its a bloody big move for 5a and theres a crimp above me which looks useful"
"yep deffo"

<after taking the inevitble fall, popping one of two bits of gear and gashing my thumb>

"...oh now i remember it goes straight up at that bit actually, there should be a crimp just above where you were"

"......... tw*t."
Muel - on 19 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

"You carry way too much gear for grit, leave some behind".

The most I ever carry is 1 set nuts, 4 hexes, 7 cams and a few quickdraws, so I left out most of my cams. Stupid mistake to make, I had to climb past placements for pretty much every cam I left behind during that day.

6m grit routes seem a lot scarier when you have one small nut below half height, and the 3 cams you want are at home.
Kevin Woods - on 19 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: "Dyno!", fighting a tooth-and-nail battle up a strenuous chimney with feet smearing on nothing and back wedged in against the other side. Very helpful...........
Mostro - on 20 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

The first description of "Preposterous Tales" in the Pembroke guide, circa 1998. It said it was a two pitch HVS. We were HVS/E1 leaders and it took us seven hours! Mighty pleased it gets E2 5b now...

And the Pruess Route on the Tre Cima in the Dolomites. Lyndsay Griffin's guidebook said 2 hrs up (about 6 pitches of HVS) and two hrs to abseil down. I don't know anyone who climbs as fast as they abseil. It took us 6 hours and we got benighted. The last pitch was a 100 ft runout up loose shale covered ledges. Never been more scared in my life. Lyndsay, you're route times are shite.
paul mitchell - on 20 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: As guidebooks count as beta,then the Stanage guide has some howler misgradings.
For a start,the supposed vs and HS on the buttress left of the Unconks. Would be nice if guide writers actually went and checked the mid grade routes.These are the ones that beginners have accidents on.

Mitch
Liam Brown - on 20 May 2013
In reply to paul mitchell:

Are these wide cracks?
kyaizawa - on 20 May 2013
In reply to paul mitchell:
Looking at the guidebook is it Cleft Wall Route 1 & 2?? If yes they are wide cracks.
staceyjg - on 20 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

Blue Straggler:

"Paralysis is a great route, you can get a small cam in the break, it's not great, but you won't really need it...."

That would involve being able to reach the break to place the small cam!! :-)
victim of mathematics - on 20 May 2013
In reply to paul mitchell:
> (In reply to derryclimbs) As guidebooks count as beta,then the Stanage guide has some howler misgradings.
> For a start,the supposed vs and HS on the buttress left of the Unconks. Would be nice if guide writers actually went and checked the mid grade routes.These are the ones that beginners have accidents on.
>
> Mitch

You really are a spectacularly ill-informed arse, aren't you?

I'm sure Offwidth or someone else involved in the really very good BMC guides will be along in a bit to be indignant about the dig at guidebook writers, but ignoring that ignorant gibberish, those routes are both perfectly fine at their respective grades.

I seem to remember you once sending me a baffling email through these forums insisting that Frankland's Green Crack was "deffo HVS". Perhaps you're just shit at grading awkward wide cracks?
victim of mathematics - on 20 May 2013
In reply to paul mitchell:

PS - "Unconks"?

Did the English language wrong you in a past life?
dunc56 - on 20 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Climbing at valle abdalajis near El Chorro.

- There is a brilliant 2 pitch route over to the right.
- Have you done it ?
- No.

We then climbed next to it, and I noticed from above that after the second bolt - all the bolts had been removed - thanks mate !
Gordon Stainforth - on 20 May 2013
In reply to victim of mathematics:

Sorry, VOM, but it may transpire that it's you who is the 'spectacularly ill-informed arse', because I've a hunch that this Paul Mitchell is the very one who has this stunning track record of first ascents to his name (I may be wrong):

http://www.rockfax.com/databases/dates.php?area=2

See also:
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2549
http://climbing.about.com/b/2009/07/07/john-bachars-death-affects-his-son-and-friends.htm
http://climbers-club.co.uk/journal/original/1994%20Journal-p114-136.pdf
http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-1470.html
victim of mathematics - on 20 May 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

I know full well who he is. Which makes it all the more incredible that he's so wrong.
xplorer on 20 May 2013
In reply to victim of mathematics:

What is you're obsession with the English language?

Haven't you anything better to do?
victim of mathematics - on 20 May 2013
In reply to xplorer:
> (In reply to victim of mathematics)
>
> What is you're obsession with the English language?
>
> Haven't you anything better to do?

I see what you've done there. Ha. Ha. Ha.
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Gordon Stainforth - on 20 May 2013
In reply to andic:

My memory of Hargreaves Original is that you can get on three very good smallish nuts (wires) just where you need them i.e. you can get by without any cams.
Robert Durran - on 20 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:
> (In reply to derryclimbs)
>
> so yeah, what's the worst beta you've ever been given?

The Haute Provence Rockfax.

Actually, I wasn't given it; I paid good money.

DaveFidler on 21 May 2013
In reply to Robert Durran: What's wrong with it? I'm going there in the summer and so I'm considering buying a local guidebook instead, d'you reckon it's a good plan?
Robert Durran - on 21 May 2013
In reply to DaveFidler:
> (In reply to Robert Durran) What's wrong with it?

I didn't feel it was up to the very high standards set by other Rockfax guides I've used. Grades, stars seemed all over the place (maybe not enough routes actually checked?), background info not up to usual standards. It does the job ok, but I expect more from Rockfax. I got the impression it might have been a rush job; certainly not a labour of love.

Don't know about local guidebook. If Rockfax was based on it, then presumably no better?
DaveFidler on 21 May 2013
In reply to Robert Durran: Ah fair enough, I'll have a proper look at the Rockfax guide and give local guides a google to see what'd be better. Cheers for the opinion :)
victorclimber - on 21 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: The Sloth back in the days when the Pro was slings and stones ...Bout Hard Severe at Almscliff....
abseil on 21 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

Really cruel would be to lead Kaisergebirge Wall on the Grochan, and when your second gets to the crux, say "Now just lunge up for that jug..."

JOKING
Robert Durran - on 21 May 2013
In reply to DaveFidler:
> (In reply to Robert Durran) Ah fair enough, I'll have a proper look at the Rockfax guide and give local guides a google to see what'd be better. Cheers for the opinion :)

The Rockfax will certainly do the job adequately. Just that I kept getting sandbagged on my warm-ups!

paul mitchell - on 21 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Hi Victim of Maths.
Yes,I am misinformed about many things.
Indeed I am often a fool.Thing is,at least I am aware of that.

I still think Frankland's Green Crack is hvs.Not a lot easier than Unprintable.I have soloed both these routes in the wet.

Maybe that was because I am so misinformed.
Please do keep me up to date with your correct information....
alan moore - on 21 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs
When asked about Route X, a climber who'd just done it, said helpfully; "Oh yes. It's all there!"
Well, it wasn't all there and I failed miserably.
Git.
victim of mathematics - on 21 May 2013
In reply to paul mitchell:
> (In reply to derryclimbs) Hi Victim of Maths.
> Yes,I am misinformed about many things.
> Indeed I am often a fool.Thing is,at least I am aware of that.
>
> I still think Frankland's Green Crack is hvs.Not a lot easier than Unprintable.I have soloed both these routes in the wet.

Well done you. Sounds like you know how to have fun.

>
> Maybe that was because I am so misinformed.
> Please do keep me up to date with your correct information....

Maybe think twice about insinuating that the BMC guidebook writers are lazy buggers who can't be arsed to check anything and who are endangering beginners as a result. And learn how to grade low-grade wide cracks. One would have thought you'd have worked it out by now. You must have climbed a few in your time (probably solo in the rain in trainers from the sounds of things).

bouldery bits - on 21 May 2013
In reply to VOM & Phil Mitchell:


This is brilliant. I am assuming that this is two people deliberately trying to get a rise out of each other and you're not actually have a genuine argument. That would be ridiculous! Wouldn't it? Oh....
JimboWizbo - on 21 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: The dotted line for North Buttress (Mod, rainy day scramble) on Tryfan in the guidebook started up a pitch that looked about HS
Gordon Stainforth - on 21 May 2013
In reply to victim of mathematics:

Your tone is so derogatory that one wonders whether you have some personal grudge against Paul Mitchell - if so, you are making a rather unsavoury spectacle of yourself.
victim of mathematics - on 22 May 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

Gordon,

You clearly hold Mr Mitchell in high regard for his past achievements. I don't see that they give him the right to be an arse for no reason, but perhaps we disagree on that.

A couple of years ago he sent me a weird series of emails insisting that Frankland's Green Crack was HVS (prompted by me happening to mention the route in passing on a thread somewhere, and quoting it's guidebook grade). I replied that I disagreed, but that grading was an I exact science and I respected his right to hold a different opinion. I then received several further emails in which he insisted that on sighting Syrett's Roof in the rain in his trainers meant that he knew what VS meant better than me. I was quite happy for us just to disagree, but he seemed to be on some weird crusade to force his opinion on me for no apparent reason.

It's true that without that context my initial response to his first post looks a bit harsh, but I stand by the sentiment. Having a go at guidebook writers, who for my money have done a damn fine job, and suggesting their alleged laziness is endangering beginners, on the basis that one thinks a couple of awkward routes are hard for the grade is a bit low.

Anyway, since he's subsequently started another thread about how Goliath's Groove is "not quite E1", he's obviously trolling. Or needs to steer clear of awkward cracks.
derryclimbs - on 22 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs:

cool. my first thread to induce a wordy battle between two online arch enemies. I finally feel like I've made it!
JimboWizbo - on 22 May 2013
In reply to derryclimbs: Careful, they'll turn on you.

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