/ A Walk on the Wild Slide

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Greasy Prusiks on 27 Nov 2017
This is well worth a watch, cracking little film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuTOnNwLUbk

To my shame devil's slide is still lurking undone on my ticklist.
eroica64 - on 27 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Glorious tomfoolery by a balance master wearing old EBs.
alan moore - on 27 Nov 2017
In reply to eroica64:

And what a place...
Stefan Jacobsen - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

What a setting!

But is it a climb or merely a balancy walk?
Fruit on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Thanks for that. Truly delightful.
DubyaJamesDubya - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Stefan Jacobsen:

> What a setting!

> But is it a climb or merely a balancy walk?

It's a climb alright.
HeMa on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Stefan Jacobsen:

A walk for some... a climb for majority.

The Devil's Slide (HS 4a)
Coel Hellier - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Where would one get a pair of EBs these days?
HeMa on 29 Nov 2017
Hardonicus - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Great stuff but I think we all have the same question on our minds...

Why is Jonny wearing a chalk bag? Is it for tick marking?
string arms - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

That is bonkers! Johnny must be the only guy on the planet who would consider contemplating doing that.
bouldery bits - on 29 Nov 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Wowsers.

I'm contemplating a no feet attempt in 2018. I'll campus the whole thing.
Tom V - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to bouldery bits:

I 'm sure someone will be along to show us that it's a good route to climb wearing boxing gloves and roller skates or some such.
Or blindfold.
Or coupled with a feral goat.
eroica64 - on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to Tom V:

"Coupled with a feral goat" - my mind just boggles.
keith-ratcliffe on 30 Nov 2017
In reply to bouldery bits:
Hope you have body armour! That granite will be rough on the chest!
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Tom V - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to eroica64:

Probably been done already.
UKC logbook might want to know who was leading, though.
Fidget - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

On that subject - does anyone have the picture/video of the goats crossing the devil's slide traverse? I can't find it anywhere.
pjcollinson - on 01 Dec 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Most enjoyable climbing video I've seen in ages! Brought back a few memories too, as JD said, its such a great place, sticking out into the Atlantic. The basking sharks were almost within touching distance when I enjoyed it (hands on of course) twenty odd years ago. Pity it rained for the top traverse, but still probably the most memorable route I've done.
Michael Gordon - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

I'm glad to see he put some gear in. Still, some nasty-looking runouts for a hands free 'climb'!
Greasy Prusiks on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Michael Gordon:

The run outs were pretty impressive. Did you see the fall after the credits? If anything it's more impressive than the climbing.
Michael Gordon - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

Thanks, no I hadn't seen that. He chose a good time to do a bit of downhill running! Traverses like the final section sound particularly scary for this sort of 'walking'.
Tom V - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Michael Gordon:

He doesn't do the exit cracks.
They might be "only Diff" but he avoids them.
No tick from me.
I think it's one of the UK 's iconic rock routes and I don't like to see it being debased by people performing silly stunts on it. Whoever they are.
James Mann - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

Goodness grief. It was only supposed to be a bit of fun! I helped Dave film so I suppose I am declaring some sort of interest. It was a day of messing about. I don’t remember any debasing at all. Other routes were climbed in more conventional style during the week. It is pointless, though perhaps that’s the point!

James

baron - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

He was wearing a pair of EBs.
I'm surprised he even got off the floor!
Deadeye - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to eroica64:

> Glorious tomfoolery by a balance master wearing old EBs.

Super grattons! I still have a pair.
Greasy Prusiks on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:
Performing a silly stunt?

As apposed to 'proper' climbing where you follow an arbitrary line up a rock decided upon by someone else, using gear for protection but not assistance and you aren't allowed to use a rope from the top despite walking over the top to get to the bottom to start climbing back to the top again?

All climbing is one big silly stunt.
Post edited at 20:32
Michael Gordon - on 04 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:
If it is silly, it's silly in a good way! And I know it's JD, but I was still mightily impressed (and sometimes rather concerned!) to see the required dynamic balancy 'moves' a long way above gear.
Post edited at 20:22
Tom V - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Michael Gordon:

I am likewise impressed, but in the same way I'm impressed by someone driving round Silverstone blindfolded.
(I was going to add "playing a Stratocaster with his cock" but apparently it never happened...)
krikoman - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

> (I was going to add "playing a Stratocaster with his cock" but apparently it never happened...)

It's the only way to play.
Tom V - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

I disagree.
All motor racing isn't a silly stunt to me, but certain aspects of motor sport are. Trying to jump across the Grand Canyon, Wall of Death riding, etc.

A lot of UKC ers could walk up the bottom half of the Slide, if top roped.

A fair few extreme off road vehicles could possibly make it to the half way line as well.
I don't know how viable the top half as far as the traverse would be to one of those extremely powerful specialist machines but I'm willing to bet that there are people willing to have a go. Few bolts across the top, arrest cable across the crux moves and a decent Unimog winch at the top for the lower.
For the safety conscious , use a fast winch and effectively top rope the whole stunt.
Access? Well, Lundy is famous for its use of landing craft so that would be even more filmogenic.....

Shit! Doing the bastard Clarkson's job for him already and not getting a penny for it!
Tom Loughlin - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:
You seem a bit sanctimonious. Can’t for the life of me see how balancing up a route like this is debasing it. I thought it was quite impressive and an interesting way of climbing. Is there a maximum amount of force you can generate with your feet for upward momentum without it being classed as desecration?
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Tom V - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom Loughlin:

I don't regard myself as sanctimonious but who would, in fairness.
I thought the Little Chamonix in boxing gloves and roller skates stunt was not a good idea and I feel similarly about this . That's all.
Tom Loughlin - on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

Each to their own, we can interpret acts differently and that is part of being human. No offence intended by calling you sanctimonious, I think it was the use of 'debase' that came across as moralising/ judgemental. Let's just keep walking where we go!
Greasy Prusiks on 05 Dec 2017
In reply to Tom V:

Fair enough! I think we're going to have to agree to disagree but I see what you're saying.

Regardless please stop giving Clarkson ideas! No one wants to see him racing a tiger and a snowmobile up idwal slabs.
Tom V - on 06 Dec 2017
In reply to Greasy Prusiks:

I think Etive might give a bit more grip.

Anyone who thinks all this a bit far fetched needs only to google Lion's Back, Moab.
BrendanO - on 06 Dec 2017
Tom V - on 06 Dec 2017
In reply to BrendanO:

That looks suspiciously like an oil slick near the top.
Thanks for the link, by the way: I've never known how to do them.

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