/ Hold destruction at nesscliffe

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MikeYouCanClimb - on 15 Jun 2017
A foothold on the classic Berlins Fallen was enhanced earlier this year.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, recently more holds on this same problem have since been modified. One hold has been completely smashed off before the break. Sadly other routes in the vicinity, including the classic meat hooks problem, are being subjected to the same treatment.

I am baffled as to why this is happening or even why someone would want to continue doing this.

Maybe there is someone out there that can help explain.

Is this happening at any other locations?


abseil on 15 Jun 2017
In reply to MikeYouCanClimb:

Very sorry to hear about this.

How high off the ground are the affected holds, Mike?
MikeYouCanClimb - on 15 Jun 2017
In reply to abseil:

about 3 metres
Greasy Prusiks on 15 Jun 2017
In reply to MikeYouCanClimb:

Doesn't it look like someone's taken a metal tool to it?
abseil on 16 Jun 2017
In reply to MikeYouCanClimb:

> about 3 metres

Thanks for your reply.

Hard to know what to do about this, other than alert climbers on threads, which you've done. Thanks again for posting.
Rosie Henstock - on 16 Jun 2017
In reply to MikeYouCanClimb:
This makes me very sad

Do you think it is climbers doing this? Smashing off holds doesn't sound too clever ...

I've seen and heard of people climbing there when its been damp which is definitely a bad thing for hold erosion.

I've also noticed the starting hold of Free Bandits has drastically improved in recent years. We put it down to people going at it too hard with a brush.

BTW Meat Hooks is my all time favourite problem at Nesscliffe. Haven't managed to complete the final 2 moves of Berlin's in the past but I think I'm finally strong and fit enough now. I hope it hasn't changed the problem too much

Post edited at 13:45
MikeYouCanClimb - on 17 Jun 2017
In reply to Rosie Henstock:

> This makes me very sad

> Do you think it is climbers doing this? Smashing off holds doesn't sound too clever ...

The recent damage is of a certain nature suggesting that the perpetrator (s) have either a lack of, or a very limited climbing knowledge.

Some wear and tear, which could be considered longer term damage is definitely caused by enthusiastic climbers and abseiling groups, dirty sandy boots, excessive cleaning etc.

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Red Rover - on 17 Jun 2017
In reply to MikeYouCanClimb:

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Red Rover - on 17 Jun 2017
In reply to Red Rover:

Oops I meant to post that on the thread about the james pearson climbing video

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