Cornwall New Route for Martin Cathrow - Skyfall E7 6bby Martin Cathrow Mar/2013
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This line has seen much attention over the last 30 years but had yet to see a free ascent. Starting on the seaward face, the climb turns the arete at a flake giving access to the crack of Gloy.
A series of compression moves leads to a small wire placement (which was preplaced for this ascent) before the crux sequence, after which the climb finishes on the seaward arete in a fine position.
Martin named the route Skyfall after a cam placement failure on lead resulted in a vicious ground fall. Despite no mats being used Martin was luckily able to walk away without any major injuries.
Martin regards the route as a fantastic challenge and deserving of future attention and estimates the grade to be E7 6b.
Martin would like to say a big thank you to the Barn Climbing Centre (Milton Abbot) especially Brian for the continued support.
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