VIDEO: Bytilith Wall 7C+/8A! FA for Robinsby Duncan Campbell - UKC Feb/2014
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Pete Robins has climbed the first ascent of another obvious highball line on the Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales. The problem, named Bytilith Wall is found on the headland East of Porth Ysgo and Pete graded it 7C+/8A! due to the highball nature of the problem.
Pete climbed the problem on Saturday the 22nd with a strong wind drying the rock, but making the sea pretty choppy. Fortunately no freak wave took niether Pete nor his spotter Jamie out, though did claim one of their pads.
Pete had been down over 10 years ago to try the line but with little success. Pete then headed back on a grim, wet day once as with The Big Orange, 8A!, (UKC News Report) with Oli Grounsell, unlocked the moves ground-up vowing to return on the first good day to finish the problem.
Pete commented on the new problem:
"Bytilith Wall is an immaculate near vertical mini cliff and the only climbable feature on the wall is an intermittent crack in it's centre, which peters out near the top. I think there have been a few sporadic visits to try this by climbers over the years, but probably none in winter nor with many pads, which is perhaps why such a cool route hasn't been done before. The tricky part was working out the sequence, but it is at that angle where there is a fine line between it feeling easy and impossible, so it could be any grade really. 4+ pads are probably needed, but its definitely worth the drive and walk in."
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Si Panton was on hand to catch the first ascent on video, which is featured below.