New route on Beinn Eighe, 'Hydroponicum' VIII 8

by Tom Briggs Dec/2005
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+First ascent of Hydroponicum (VIII 8), Beinn Eighe, 101 kbFirst ascent of Hydroponicum (VIII 8), Beinn Eighe
On 28th November, Jon Bracey, Rich Cross, and Martin Moran made the first winter ascent of Hydroponicum on the Far East Walls of Beinn Eighe. Making good use of the excellent conditions, Jon and Rich swung leads for four pitches, with Cross leading the last pitch in the dark after Bracey had endured a three hour tussle with the crux. A grade of VIII 8 was thought appropriate for the bold and sustained crux pitch. Bracey commented "onsight new routing is where it's at! Success on the route was in doubt right up to the final moments as Crossy pulled out a blinder on the last pitch in the total darkness!"
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