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Dévers Emossionnel, Barrage d'Emosson. Pitch 2.
Marc Volorio, Apr 2002
Route: Dévers Emossionnel
Climbers: Jon de Montjoye, Hilary Sharp, Ian Parsons
Camera used: Sony CYBERSHOT
Sustained UK 5b tech grade, 4 pitches, 3 overhanging.
Chris Harris - 02/Mar/09
It's actually 6a, 6a+, 6b, 6b+, 6c. It's 180m high and 5 pitches - 2 slabby, 1 vertical and 2 overhanging.
jon - 02/Mar/09
Cool shot. For a moment I did ponder it being Dome Rock near The Needles. Similar with loads of chicken heads and the odd bolt. Designer route indeed.
richard kirby - 02/Mar/09
...except, of course it's the reverse of a dome... Now, Dome Rock is where a biker, just a bit high, rode round and round the summit in ever increasing cicles until he simply rode into oblivion, no?
jon - 02/Mar/09
Great photo, for some reason a the idea of a man made route up a structure like this is highly compelling.
The leader seems to have chosen and interesting rope technique - if the second on the rope that hasn't been clipped happens to fall surely they will swing onto the holdless and therefore unclimable section?
petellis - 30/Nov/09
The leader is me. The seconds are Hilary and Ian who are going to second the pitch simultaneously. It is easier for Hilary to un-clip her rope from the quickdraws without Ian's being clipped. Ian is being very brave... If you look at a later photo of the top pitch you'll see that he has asked her to clip his rope in - just in case!
jon - 30/Nov/09
Aye - I noticed that was the case in the other photo. Just thought this was an interesting and rare case where the ground Ian would swing into might be totally unclimable!
petellis - 01/Dec/09
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... and in fact on that pitch it's only vertical so he'd easlily get back. However, that's not the case on the top two pitches...
jon - 03/Dec/09