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Topic - If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads

Tim Chappell - on 12 May 2014
How much fun can you have in a wet weekend at Brimham (Saturday) and Clachnabeinn (Sunday)? Actually you can have loads, especially if you're not pushing the boat out on grades and have a set of dry clothes in the car.

But it did set me wondering. Climbing rock, especially slappy smeary rounded rock like Yorkshire grit and Aberdeenshire granite, is quite different in the wet. So different that it arguably ought to be recognised as a separate subdiscipline, with different grades. Why isn't it? Or is it, and I am just ill-informed?

After all, wet climbing is necessarily something that happens quite a lot in Britain. Maybe we should bite the bullet and recognise it as a different activity from climbing in the dry. Might give even give us a new reason to get out on wet days too.

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