Emma Twyford Repeats Rare Lichen E9

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Sep/2013
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Llanberis based climber Emma Twyford has climbed the Ogwen Valley arete Rare Lichen, becoming the second British woman to climb the magic E9 grade.

Emma is one of the current top British trad and sport climbers having previously climbed E7 and onsighted E6, onsighted 8a in Kalymnosflashed the classic 8a UK sport route Statement of Youth and redpointed 8b.

+Emma Twyford in Morocco, 130 kbEmma Twyford in Morocco
© M Daviet - MHW

Emma commented on Facebook:

"Did Rare Lichen up on Griben Facet in the Ogwen Valley which is given E9 6c. Such a cool route with some seriously small gear!"

Rare Lichen was first climbed by Leo Houlding, and Emma's ascent is the fifth overall after Leo, Nick Dixon, Calum Muskett and James McHaffie. It tackles a bold arete on Clogwyn y Tarw (The Gribbin Facet) in the Ogwen valley of North Wales, sharing a start with the next door E9 Gribbin Wall Climb before swinging rightwards around the arete at about half height, passing some RPs and making technical moves up the final headwall.

You can read more info on this ascent (with photo) on the DMM Website, and this ascent has ben discussed in the UKC forums.


Emma Twyford is sponsored by: DMM, Five Ten and Mountain Hardwear

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