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Overexposed*** E4 6a

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20m. On the wall at the seaward end of the west face of Stennis ford. A classic French 6c, S2 Deep Water Solo with a low crux and a high finish.
Mike Robertson Aug/2001
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Done at high spring tide though if you don't fall off the low crux you almost certainly won't fall off the rest so it's not intimidating high up. Found it hard low down, about 5m of pumpy climbing (hard for Fr 6c?). It's also tricky to get to the start...best to scope out the exact line of the abseil from the other side of the ford because there isn't any ledge down there. I still got it a bit wrong and had to pendulum swing on my abseil rope at the bottom to catch the starting holds at the end of a run, then awkwardly un-clip from the abseil line with one hand, only to watch the rope swing away from me (always a nice feeling of commitment!) and immediately be on fairly pumpy starting holds below the crux section. A better way of doing it might be to take down a wire for a belay (size 5? as in new CC guidebook description) to clip in to at the bottom of the route to compose yourself and get ready. A good route!
tim newton - Solo O/S - 22/Aug/13

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