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Good spotting on the Arch
© Ahlam Qattan, Mar 2010
Yes, memories (I climbed there 1977-8).
Mark Kemball - 02/Apr/10
Hi Mark, yes, we spent most Tues evenings during the 70s there! Old fogies...
jon - 03/Apr/10
Great to here from some legends! Did you manage to climb the Arch? It's great fun. I've done the entire wall including the arch a few times when I working on a bit of endurance training. Don't allow myself any rests in the corners just try and race to the other side. Brings a proper pump on!! I was trying to climb it in this picture without using any of the middle blocks so just compression all the way round. Couldn't work out how to cross over but I think I've worked a sequence now! Going to give it a go if it ever stops raining!
JimmyKay - 05/Apr/10
Yes, in both directions, with or without the holds inside. We'd do back to back traverses for stamina. Lot's of the Birmingham crowd used the wall - most, like me, had never seen the inside of the university. Another Bournbrook addict was Jimmy Jewell. It was a very competetive scene then. Though I can't remember which, some bays were distinctly harder than others. You could rest while traversing the easier ones. I remember a then student, Dave Oxenham, producing a guide, but I never saw it. Great memories, thanks for posting the photo.
jon - 05/Apr/10
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There is 'current' guide if you'd like me to forward it. I say current, it's a good few years old.
JimmyKay - 10/May/10