/ NEWS: VIDEO: Matt Cousins Highball/Solos Chimaera,
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Wow, that footage from the side is much better. Makes it look much sketchier, too.
Very slick! Watched the "side show" first, not realising how higball it is, then the main video. Very impressive!
Epic, bloody brave ascent! well done Matt, I didn't think anybody would ever have the nads to solo it.
Congrats Matt, that was simply amazing. My hat is doffed.
Good news well done Matt.
Just to add one more to the repeat list I believe Barny Ventham did it a few days ago on top rope
Dave Turner 25 years ago was amazing, too.
I had a brief exchange with Dave Turner on UKC after Jon Partidge's effort. Being an SS climber it was like chatting with Usain Bolt :)
The general vibe says it will be a good year on SS. It's all that enforced labour at the wall over winter.
As far as I know it has had 7 confirmed ascents and maybe a couple of others as well:
I have a feeling as well that Liam Halsey has also climbed it. I know that Liam has also been eyeing up soloing Second Generation which would also be very impressive!
Johnny Dawes was known to have attempted it and apparently climbed the top section (the crux) clean but never done it from the ground. I remember hearing that he looked at the line to the right as well claiming that it would be at least English 7b/c... I don't think its a goer though!
Matts ascent has definitely shown that the sandstone still has a lot to give and if the dry weather continues then I think this summer will be one to remember. There are still plenty of unrepeated lines on the sandstone as well as many that have not yet had the solo ticked!
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