Northern Ireland Trad Actionby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Mar/2009
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Commenting after the ascent Ricky said: "It was a perfect day. Sunny and with no wind and we were the only people in the Mournes. Saw a couple of birds of prey too which was nice. Freshly Baked is a really cool line with quite contrasting climbing on it. The bottom half is really safe and quite sustained and the top is pretty bold but the climbing is quite handy - big reaches between big flat holds at the top of the wall."
The following day saw a return to slightly more inclement weather, stopping Ricky from attempting one of his many other projects, but allowing him to nab the second ascent of Easy Lover (E7 6c).
Describing the conditions, Ricky said: "Craigy and I arrived at Cove on Friday after the hour walk in. Conditions were very different form the day before. Misty and cold... ...It was wet. Nightmare!"
Easy Lover was dry enough for an attempt, and after finding a crucial cam placement and working the moves, Ricky was ready for the lead.
The route was originally graded E7/8, but with the discovery of a new cam runner, not used on the first ascent, Ricky said:
"So nice and such a good route and good find by Andy. I think placing the cam made the route E7. It's a really good line."
Ricky has several other projects lined up for this season, from the do-able to the impossible and, like all of us, has his fingers crossed for a dry summer.
"I'm psyched for the next spell of good weather!"
More info on the Scarpa Blog
Thanks go to Craig Hiller for the photographs and Martin Panton for help with this report.
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