/ Lake District - Clean Routes 2019
I gave the main pitch a good scrub. Bold, but relatively easy if it's still chalked.
Didn't clean it beyond climbing it but prob cleaner than it was.
Clean enough, there are an old-ish Cam 3 and Cam 4 in-situ (well stuck) where it gets interesting.
This route is awful (relative to the many magnificent routes it crosses) but, if you must climb it, it is prob cleaner now than it was.
Let's hope it stays dry...
Class on cleaning Incantations!
Keen on getting up there for that.
The Norseman (E4 6a) - Dow Crag, now spotlessly clean
The Cumbrian (E5 6b) - Esk Buttress, Although early in the year was spotless, dug out one placement (where it didn't count) no stuck wire at the crux.
A bit of esoterica I scrubbed the other week Relentless Rage (E7 6a)
In bigger better news, a man is cleaning Nagasaki Grooves (E4 6b)! currently a few trips into getting it sorted sounds a massive effort & BIG RESPECT to him! Hopefully he shouts up when he's done, but its currently the best its been for a long time.
Austrian all-rounder Babsi Zangerl has freed the Pre-Muir Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. This is Babsi's fourth free ascent of El Cap, having made the first female free ascents of El Nino in 2015, Zodiac in 2016 and the first free repeat of...