Pete Robins and James McHaffie: Masters Edge, E7 6c: Photosby Jack Geldard Oct/2007
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Pete stepped in and attacked the arete - gaining height quickly and fluidly until a foot slip from high above the gear sent him almost the full length of the route. He rested for a few minutes and then sent the route on his second try, but not without a 'moment' right at the top. An amazing effort.
See photo of Pete Robins focused and committed on his ground up ascent of Masters Edge. here
James, with his finger taped up, pulled back on for another go. He climbed the route in superb style, pausing briefly on the ledge at the top of the route to clip his rope to the rusting peg runners, before embarking on Great Arete (E5 5c) a continuation climb at the top of the quarry, again completely onsight.
See photo of James McHaffie eyeing up the finishing jug, just before splitting his fingertip and reversing to the floor. here
The BMC guidebook to Millstone has a history section covering Master's Edge, which details Nic Sellar's ground up, 1 fall ascent and also the amazing effort from Liam Halsey - the first onsight flash of the route.
Both James' and Pete's ascents were captured in full technicolour by camera man extraordinaire Ben Pritchard and could feature in Alastair Lee's upcoming film 'Psyche'.
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