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Duncan Irving taking a graceful exit from Flying Buttress Direct (E1 5b), Stanage
© Adrian Japp, Sep 2003
Good effort, shame you fell looks like you nearly cracked it too
IanJackson - 01/Sep/06
I'd been collecting E points that day including Wuthering, my first grit E2 in years and after a dozen or so _meaty_ routes we'd decided to head off for a pint. The rest of our party weren't as tired so I thought I do FBD to kill the time. In keeping with fashion I was wearing jeans but the inside leg seam caught a small pebble and my right knee was hanging from it! After a few minutes of frantic flailing to free it my arms finally ran out of strength and off I came - much to the surprise of my belayer. Some kind soul soloed up and recovered my gear and we went for the pint as planned.
Duncan Irving - 13/Sep/06
You're belayer was surprised because you didn't show any signs you were going to come off until you did. Oh and you *are* a lardy arse.
ArnaudG - 15/Sep/06
It's not been graded at HVS 5b for a while in any guide. In Rockfax Western Grit - 2001 - it's E1 5b, and E1 5b in the BMC's Stanage - The Defintive Guide - 2007.
ajapp - 28/Dec/08
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In the Rockfax Pokketz guide it's HVS 5b (also published 2007), though it does say that the grade has been being debated for a long time I think. Either way, a cracking route which I'd love to do!
SCGale - 19/Feb/09