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Flake Crack Gribbin Facet
unknown, Apr 1942
© Dave Wearing
Route: Flake Crack (VS 4c)
Climbers: Dave Wearing mk 1.

User Comments

What are the white marks? Surely not chalk!
Will Hunt - 07/Oct/09
Evidence of Tricounis?
Neil Watson - 22/Nov/13
Spot on, he's wearing tricounis. All crags were very nail worn in those days, which showed up with white scratches.
Dave Wearing - 22/Nov/13
Just came across this one Dave and it certainly brings back memories. I was an instructor in Ogwen in the early sixties and Flake Crack was one of my favourites for clients who had progressed a little. I am pretty sure that it was graded Severe then, but Jonnie Lees described it as a "pocket VS".
The start was difficult, there is barely an easy move on the climb and I can still remember the last move after all these years. After the chimney you put your right foot on the top, push round to place your left foot on a hold about the size of the edge of a cigarette packet and go for the top.
I normally climbed in Vibrams but I did own a pair of Hawkins tricounis and wore them a few times when leading Flake Crack - I can tell you that it was a real challenge.
boje - 02/Jul/15
The climber, Dave Wearing mk1, was my uncle, active from 1940 to 1945. I eventually inherited his rack....one sling! There are more of his photos on my gallery.
Dave Wearing - 02/Jul/15
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