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NEWS: Hard Kilnsey First Ascent by Alex Barrows

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 UKC News 11 May 2021

Alex Barrows has made the first ascent of a new line bolted by Neil Gresham at Kilnsey, which he has named Preposterous Tales. Alex is unsure of the grade, but estimates it to be somewhere between 8c and 9a+. The route follows Epic Adventures 8c almost to the end, before heading rightwards and finishing at the shared chains of Freakshow, Premonition, Guns in the Sky and Mandela.

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Intergalactic Planetary 11 May 2021
In reply to UKC News:

Awesome. Looks an amazing line.

Another route at Kilnsey I’ll never do. I can dream though.

 Nic 11 May 2021
In reply to UKC News:

"Started climbing at 17" - is this right? I haven't managed to get my 7 year olds interested yet but sounds like there's still time (and yes, I know they could still have a lot of fun even if they *don't* climb 9a...)

 abarro81 11 May 2021
In reply to Nic:

> "Started climbing at 17" - is this right?

Yeah, I started in 6th form. I was lucky enough that my school had a small climbing wall in its sports hall. Started as a tradder (lots of going soloing down Avon because the gorge was a shorter walk than the indoor wall) and gradually ended up getting more into sport and bouldering as I got more and more obsessed. I'm definitely not one from the "been good and on the GB team since they were a kid" camp! I reckon your 7 year olds have still got plenty of potential to be 9b (or c!) crushers if they want to be

 MGRT 12 May 2021
In reply to UKC News:

Nice to see some of Neil's visionary projects getting ticked off. Nice work Alex.

In reply to abarro81:

Nice one Alex! Really awesome to see you getting such a prize line on a UK crag. For a moment there I thought you were a muppet for naming it after a Pembroke cave of slime, then felt bad when I remembered the day you got that book! Tim’s lecture was legendary. 

 abarro81 13 May 2021
In reply to richsmithinbristol:

That lecture was awesome, that and the climbing club definitely helped change the course of my life - thanks!!

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 BrendanO 16 May 2021

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