/ 7a in Kent 'chimera' on bottom rope???

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payney1973 - on 17 Jul 2013
Is this still considered an attempt, this dude is claiming 7th ascent, now I'm no 7a climber so I think his climb is impressive, but I'm sure it wouldn't go down as an attempt anywhere else???
dr_botnik - on 17 Jul 2013
In reply to payney1973: The friable nature of sandstone means traditional protection is banned at such crags to preserve the climbs for future generations. Until someone either solos this or highballs above pads, toproping is the most 'ethical' manner to climb it, and an impressive feat at that!
stonemaster - on 17 Jul 2013
In reply to payney1973: By SS standards yes. He hasn't claimed a solo. There are only 3 ways of climbing southern sandstone, bottom roped, solo or levitation. And that's British 7a by the way, none of your namby pamby continental stuff...:)
stonemaster - on 17 Jul 2013
Blue Straggler - on 17 Jul 2013
In reply to stonemaster:

I always loved that they used a Laura Veirs song on that!
stonemaster - on 17 Jul 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler: Great soundtrack
payney1973 - on 18 Jul 2013
In reply to payney1973: fair play, as I said very impressive ascent and the guy TBH makes it look easy, just wasn't aware of the SS rules/ethics.
Cheers for the enlightenment.
The Pylon King on 18 Jul 2013
In reply to dr_botnik:

Seems a bit odd to me. there are many climbs on the Forest of Dean sandstone that cannot be protected due to the similar nature of the rock and the only notable ascents are solos.
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Mick Ward - on 18 Jul 2013
In reply to The Pylon King:

Local effics mate, local effics! Besides everyone knows that those Forest of Deanie guys are brick hard... well, harder than the rock, anyway.

Mick

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