New Grit E8 for Tom Randallby Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Apr/2013
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The route is now called Nah'han and was headpointed by Tom for the first ascent and swiftly repeated by Pete Whittaker the same day for the second ascent. It is a bold and slappy gritstone arete and is quite like the Black Rocks route Meshuga.
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Tom described the affair on his blog:
"...Aside from the old routes, there are also a number of first ascent projects – probably one of the best known being the direct finish to Charlotte Rampling. Having checked this out (yes, I'm too weak) I carried along the edge and thought I'd try the moves on a line I'd heard talked about by a couple of people. The front face of the Crocodile Buttress. Immediately, I realised the climbing was brilliant. Jon Fullwood had already cleaned the holds (thanks!) and so all I had to do was concentrate on learning how to "hug" my way up the leaning prow....
...This week I was persuaded by Pete to go out for an early morning session to get the route done, so that we could fit a big crack training session in, in the afternoon. I'd not really worked the route very well, so was falling off the last move on link, but I trusted that Pete would give me such a good belay that I couldn't possibly fall off. Good logic huh? End the end, we had so much fun at the crag messing around and talking crap that I completely forgot to get nervous and topped the route! Pete made the second ascent the same morning saying it was one of the best routes I've put up. Don't read too much into that comment though......... I've established some right choss in the past! Seriously though, I think it's a nice piece of climbing for those that like gritstone funk..."
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