Pete Robins Repeats Sea of Tranquillity F8c+by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Oct/2010
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Pete Robins has repeated Sea of Tranquillity (F8c+) at Lower Pen Trwyn (LPT), Llandudno, North Wales.
The route, first climbed by Ben Moon in 1993 was originally graded F8c, but in line with modern grading has now been upped to F8c+.
Robins, with his recent ascents of Liquid Ambar (F8c+), Infanticide (F8c), The Walking Mussel (F8b+) and now Sea of Tranquillity (F8c+) all at LPT, has only the desperately sharp route of The Big Bang (F9a) to climb before he has ticked the entire crag.
Pete has written most of the LPT route descriptions for the forthcoming Rockfax guidebook to the area and his description for Sea of Tranquillity is:
"A very cruxy route with a hideously powerful sequence on disappointing slopers, which are currently the toughest moves on the whole cliff. A brilliant route that has so far been overlooked by the pack, perhaps over-shadowed by Moon's other achievements at the time."
The climb blasts through the steepest section of the cliff and has a crux sequence that would rate Font 8A if it were a boulder problem.
After another tough redpoint, Pete is now looking forward to a trip to Fontainebleau, he commented:
"It was nice to get it before Font and now relax for a bit. Eating cakes is what its all about really!"
Pete's ascent is possibly the only repeat of the route to date, as it is still unclear whether Neil Carson made the second ascent when he was active on the cliff in the early 90's. Hopefully this historical detail will be confirmed prior to publication of the guidebook in 2011.