Andy Marshall finds 'The Thing in the Forest'...by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Dec/2010
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'The Thing in the Forest' is a short E7 6c in the Cooley Mountains, Co. Louth, Ireland.
It has just seen its second ascent at the hands of Andy Marshall.
The route, first climbed by Ricky Bell (ground-up first ascent - UKC News) a year ago, has a boulder problem start which leads to good gear a little under half height with the top moves being protected by two “good” skyhooks.
Marshall's ascent was in the same style - ground up with bouldering pads.
Commenting on his ascent, Marshall said:
"Last year I tried to repeat the line straight after Ricky but got caught out being too pumped to finish it off -falling from its last move onto the two skyhooks, to my very good fortune they held and I scampered off vowing to return. Eventually I did taking a couple of trips back including a full day digging snow off the crag and putting up a tarp last week with the hope of limiting the seepage when the thaw came, it worked a little but still the upper holds were damp.
Luckily the holds that were wet were the better ones and the climb went smoothly enough.
This is a great find in a route relatively safe with really intricate climbing at the start to bold moves at the top - a wee gem."
Andy Marshall is sponsored by Wild Country