Neil Gresham in his own wordsby Mick Ryan Sep/2006
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Neil Gresham dws The Flying Dutchman, Lundy Last week we reported of an impressive deep water solo by Neil Gresham on Lundy.
There was plenty of interest and comment on this event at the forums at UKClimbing.com at this thread which had 2,344 views. You can read the original news item lower down this page. The news item got amended and updated as the day progressed with contributions from Paul Harrison and Dave Thomas (Dave Thomas was one of the first ascensionists of Flying Dutchman along with Nick White). Such is the dynamic nature of the internet.
However Neil has just sent his own version of events and his opinion, kindly illustrated with a photo by Nial Grimes.
Neil told us, "'The Flying Dutchman, is one of the most exciting Deep
Water Solos I've ever done and it is a safe and
logical undertaking providing the tides are right and
the second pitch is avoided. An easy escape can be made rightward from the first belay at HVS.
Regarding grades, a few people have suggested that it
'feels' 7c if you are climbing completely onsight and
the route isn't chalked. The difficulties with the
Dutchman are more technical than physical and both my
falls were taken as a result of going off-route. It's
very unobvious where you're supposed to enter the top
with the climb fully chalked and with beta, it would
probably feel more like 7b/ 7b+. For the record, one
of the falls I took was about 40 feet and the other