John Dunne Describes New Ilkley Super-Routeby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Jan/2009
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John Dunne was at Ilkley today and he witnessed Ryan Pasquill climb the wall to the left of The New Statesman. Here's what he has to say:
"The front face of the Cow has long been considered the last great, unclimbed line on gritstone. The wall has attracted the attention from some of the World's top climbers for over 20 years.
At the start of the route a long dyno is followed by a move to very small edge, after this a huge rock-over takes you over to a small crimp. This is followed by a long move to a good hold and finally easier climbing takes you to the top.
After splitting his finger last week high on the route Ryan returned today to finish off the job. Ryan made the climbing look effortless and in typical Pascal fashion shrugged it off as no big deal. Having climbed for almost 30 years this stands out as the most impressive piece of climbing I've seen.
John Dunne runs the Manchester Climbing Centre (MCC). There's lots going on at the MCC at the moment, including a Chris Sharma lecture and the BMC Leading Ladder. You can find out more in this UKC Premier Post.