Careless Torque 8A for Mina Leslie-Wujastykby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Feb/2013
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Mina Leslie-Wujastyk making the first female ascent of Careless Torque (8A) at Stanage
UKC News, Feb 2013
© Nick Brown / Outcrop Films (Screen shot from video)
The route/boulder problem was first climbed by big Ron Fawcett back in 1987.
Mina climbed the route yesterday (21st Feb) and commented today on her Facebook Page:
"Sore back today from taking falls on Careless Torque yesterday, glad it worked out!"
The crux 8A section is the lower part of the problem, yet the highball upper section is still difficult, at around 7B/+. The route follows the stunning arete to the left of the classic ramp-line Not to be taken away, and is one of the most beautiful and well known lines on gritstone.
Mina's ascent is the first female ascent of the line.
Mina's ascent comes in the same week that fellow British climber Hazel Findlay has climbed her first 8b+ sport route - making an ascent of Kalea Borroka at Siurana Spain, despite cold and damp weather. More on both of these ascents soon...
In the meantime check out this video of Ned Feehally climbing Careless Torque:
Big thanks to Nick Brown of Outcrop Films for the photo.