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Attempt at first ascent of new multipitch on Gozo. Third pitch was dogged due to damp...
© Simon Alden, Jun 2014
Route: Black Ice (6c)
Climbers: William Hicklin, Simon Alden
Camera used: Panasonic DMCTZ9
4*VOTING: number of votes 11
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Great pics Simon, another excellent looking route! Is that a hand jam?
Doug Kerr - 16/Jun/14
Thanks! Actually there's a good side pull in there, no jammin' here mate!
Simon Alden - 16/Jun/14
Why is there a bolt next to a perfect crack gear placement? Is this just lazy or what!!
Sean Kelly - 16/Jun/14
Hardly anyone climbs trad here Sean. Two climbers at most. In fact most of the trad routes here are never climbed. People don't even own trad gear. I decided to call a spade a spade a couple of years ago and realised that sport climbing here is the future. Additionally, the rock here is limestone and often unsuited to trad placements. No point in leading a great line like this trad to see it repeated once every 5 years by some visiting climber! You can't apply British ethics to the current Maltese scenario.
Simon Alden - 16/Jun/14
I don't think this is a question of "British ethics", just common sense.
John Stainforth - 16/Jun/14
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