|VIDEOS: Autumn Round Up From Mammut UK Climbers
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Summer may have been a bit of a washout but the Mammut UK climbers have been making up for it since...
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Ethan Walker 'high in the sky' on The Bad and Beautiful at MillstoneMammut , Nov 2012© Jimmy Sundin (photo of Cailean Harker); Matt Usherwood (photo o
Oli Grounsell finished off his limestone season with a flash of Eat the Rich (7c) at Water-cum-Jolly before rounding things off (as it were) on The Toilet (8a) at the Tor. Once on the grit he made a second ascent of Tom Randall's King Ellmore (E6 6a/b) at Millstone then made a night time onsight ascent of London Wall (E5 6a) in the dark sans headtorch! Check out 'Grit with Grounsell' here:
Just before we sent this update to UKC Oli got in touch to say he ticked Kaluza Klein (E7 6c) at Robin Hoods Stride.
Jessica McCaskey headed over to the East Face of Aonach Dubh to pick off Freak Out (E4 6c) as well as Cold Rage and Doctor Dipso (both at Pass of Ballater). She also managed to squeeze in a couple of comps coming 1st in the Scottish open and 4th in the BLCCs!
Since his summer trip to France where he managed to send “the incredibly bouldery” 8b 'New Power Generation' Ethan Walker has been taking advantage of the good autumn conditions to tick a couple of 8a's around the Peak and Rumbleweed (V11) at the Tor. More recently he took on Millstone's The Bad and the Beautiful (E7 6b). He said: “The line sits high in the sky, right above the famous Masters Edge, giving climbing in a slightly unusual position with plenty of exposure! It was a big relief to top out on this one and give the season a really good kickstart.” Just yesterday, he got in touch to tell us of a send of Ben's Roof Extension Start (V11) at Raven Tor.
Nathan Lee began his update very eloquently: “the past few weeks have seen the ushering in of the grit season, leaves falling, thermostats dropping and grip increasing”. At Ramshaw he headpointed the Simon Nadin's classic Dangerous Crocodile Snogging (E7 6b). Having tried Gaia previously last year, he returned to Black Rocks in perfect grit conditions for another shot – videos of both routes can be found here
Last but by no means least, Cailean Harker jibbed off the UK for warmer climes in Spain. At Tres Ponts he onsighted his first 8a with the classic 55m 'Segre L1+L2'. Psyched, he jumped on Alt Urgell intending to go for the 7c. Describing it he told us: “arriving at the first chains I felt good so continued to the top for my second 8a onsight in as many goes”. Visits to Oliana and Terradets now mean he has an impressive brace of ticks from his trip.
Cailean Harker on his way to first 8a onsight - Segre
Mammut , Nov 2012
© Jimmy Sundin (photo of Cailean Harker); Matt Usherwood (photo o
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