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 UKC Articles 18 Jun 2020
Big balls are a must on Czech sandstone!

Stu Bradbury shares his stories from global offwidth pilgrimages...

"Vertical wide cracks showcase geology's works of art, drawing the eye ever upwards, creating inspiration and fuelling a climber's imagination in equal measure, these brutal cracks are where the spirit meets the bone!"



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 Kevin Woods 18 Jun 2020
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Great article thanks! The picture of the sandstone rack brings back great memories of last summer. I got absolutely humped by an 'easy' chimney in Saxony on a trip in August - body wedge against crumbly sand, no gear for 15 metres and a useless belayer getting smaller and smaller between my legs! Horrific and superb equally. I'd love to go back.

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 Sean Kelly 19 Jun 2020
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Great read Stu but don't you think that haircut is a little too rad! Of course the real horror off-widths are at High Rocks covered in slimy winter greenery! Keep truckin'.

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In reply to UKC Articles:

Inspiring (yet slightly daunting) article - and a truly brilliant title!

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 myrddinmuse 19 Jun 2020
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Just what I needed in these trying times! Cheers Stu.

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 seankenny 19 Jun 2020
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What a super article! 
 

Just out of interest, what is La Pedriza like for regular sized crack climbs?

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 Stu Bradbury 22 Jun 2020
In reply to seankenny:

It depends what you call regular...Obviously I went looking for Jam cracks & wider, it is predominantly slabs on rounded domes but if you dig deeper & put in the leg work you will uncover delights of all shapes & sizes, you are always gonna get cracks on granite & the multi pitch crags provide a variety...Go check it out, if you want any further info drop me a line.

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 Stu Bradbury 22 Jun 2020
In reply to Sean Kelly:

Haha! Glad you like the hair cut Sean Its growing back a little now. Hope you are well.

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 Stu Bradbury 22 Jun 2020
In reply to myrddinmuse:

Thanks It doesn't take much to inspire you dude...You are the future! I watch with interest.

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 Stu Bradbury 22 Jun 2020
In reply to Kevin Woods:

Yeah it doesn't matter what grade you climb, those towers are gonna leave an indelible mark on the mind.

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 Trickyw 26 Jun 2020
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Well, I was meant to be working but this darn thing just ate the homework! Great article and yes, I know the feeling when you can't get anyone to play on this stuff so if you're stuck....

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 MisterPiggy 26 Jun 2020
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Hugely enjoyable! Book marked the page: will be useful when travel easier and fitness improved. Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you!

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 andi turner 26 Jun 2020
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Thanks for that Stu, so good and really extensive too rather than the usual haunts. If I don't get to Utah next Easter, then maybe Vedauwoo in August? Fancy it?

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 Stu Bradbury 27 Jun 2020
In reply to Trickyw:

Pleased to know you found it interesting enough to drag you away from your work!

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 Stu Bradbury 27 Jun 2020
In reply to MisterPiggy:

Glad you found it inspiring, thanks for your support

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 Stu Bradbury 27 Jun 2020
In reply to andi turner:

Cheers Andi, I enjoyed re living it through the writing process almost as much as doing it! (well maybe not quite) I really must visit Voo at least once as those routes look full on (Kris schrivjers keeps singing its praises) thanks for your offer & I would be keen, the problem for me is that August in Cornwall is my main guiding season & if I want to survive the winter I  can't really afford to get away then...If you head out there at some other time (maybe June) then please let me know.

All the best, Stu

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 skinne 16:51 Tue
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I can feel the scrapes and straining, udging upwards, inwards, onwards... Thank you for sharing your struggles. 

As all of us here can relate, I too struggle for partners in this realm, happy to collaborate with other wide zealots... 

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