/ Pete Whittaker on Cobra Crack

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Denni on 18 Sep 2013
johncoxmysteriously - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni:

Good for him. And Tom R will have to try harder tomorrow, hey?

How hard can cracks get, I wonder? Presumably a 9a crack is not conceptually impossible, but are there any?

I wonder if our heroes' finger-jamming skills are going to be put to use on that finger/roof crack right of Ramshaw Crack?

jcm
tspoon1981 on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to johncoxmysteriously:
> (In reply to Denni)
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> Good for him. And Tom R will have to try harder tomorrow, hey?
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> How hard can cracks get, I wonder? Presumably a 9a crack is not conceptually impossible, but are there any?
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> I wonder if our heroes' finger-jamming skills are going to be put to use on that finger/roof crack right of Ramshaw Crack?
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> jcm

Didn't Dave Mac say that white noise was feasible at approximately 9a

puppythedog on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni: Well done Pete, I've been watching the blogosphere hoping but failed to check Twitter.

C'mon Tom
Kemics - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni:

wow, I thought they were just wide crack specialists. No idea they were crushing the thin stuff too!

Are they planning to assault any of the US big/medium wall with this skill set? Seems like they've got the skills for freeing some big hard routes.
Ropeboy - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to :

Well done Pete!
Come on Tom, get it sent!

How many ascents has Cobra Crack now had?

J :-)
Jonny2vests - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Ropeboy:

Quite a few actually, seems to be very popular. The ones I can muster right now:

Sonnie Trotter
Nico Favresse
Alex Honnold
Matt Segal
Yuji Hirayama
Will Stanhope
Ethan Pringle
Didier Berthod?

Must be quite high on Tim Emmett's tick list if he hasn't already done it.
Ropeboy - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Jonny2vests:

They're in good company then! :-)
Michael Gordon - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to tspoon1981:
> (In reply to johncoxmysteriously)
> [...]
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> Didn't Dave Mac say that white noise was feasible at approximately 9a

No. What he said was that he'd hesitate to say it wouldn't be possible since nowadays folk climb 9a/b.
Tom Last - on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni:

I want to see what these boys can do on some of the massive roof cracks in the southwest.

Good contenders for the Ache Ball cave roof crack and the one through the Great Cave at Berry Head I'd have thought. Although that said maybe those are just hard for the most of us, but not worth the bother for these boys.
puppythedog on 18 Sep 2013
In reply to Jonny2vests: I don't think Didier Berthod climbed it. I thought he stayed retired in a monastery after his knee got knackered.
Jonas Wiklund - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to johncoxmysteriously: According to Nico Favresse, his route “Recovery Drink” on Profilveggen in Norway's Jøssingfjord is considerably harder than Cobra crack, so 8c+/9a then?

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68083
AJM - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to Jonny2vests:

Isn't it about 3 grades above his redpoint max? I thought he topped out about 8b?
johncoxmysteriously - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to Jonas Wiklund:

>but had to return south without the prize due to bad weather (in Norway they just call it weather)

Good line!

AJM - Cobra itself is thought to be 8c or even 8c+, isn't it, and he's done that.

jcm
CurlyStevo - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni:
What grade is cobra crack I see online it gets 5:14 but doesn't give a letter, does the mean 5:14 a or just 5:14 something?
AJM - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to johncoxmysteriously:

Dunno. If you put Tim Emmett cobra into google nothing comes up. I dont even know what it is?

I'd always thought his max was about 8b, that thing he did in Cuba, one inch punch. He certainly seemed very near to falling off on the 7c+-ish ground near the top of the runout on Muy Caliente in welsh connections.
johncoxmysteriously - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to AJM:

Oh sorry, you meant Tim E. I was talking about Nico F. My fault.

jcm
Epsilon - on 19 Sep 2013
In reply to CurlyStevo:
> (In reply to Denni)
> What grade is cobra crack I see online it gets 5:14 but doesn't give a letter, does the mean 5:14 a or just 5:14 something?

Cobra Crack is reputed to be somewhere between 5.14a and 5.14c depending on your hand/finger sizes.
Jonny2vests - on 20 Sep 2013
In reply to Epsilon:

Yes.


AJM: Yeah, you might be right. It's on his doorstep now though, although he's just had a bairn.
puppythedog on 20 Sep 2013
In reply to Denni: Any news from Tom?
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Ropeboy - on 21 Sep 2013
In reply to puppythedog:

Tom has just done it too! :-)
puppythedog on 21 Sep 2013
In reply to Ropeboy: few,

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