In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC: I saw him practicing it when we were doing Astra yesterday. We backed off though to give him some space and to get to the warm side. It was freezing on the eastern buttress.
Proper good effort and what an amazing achievement in febuary. I'll buy him a pint if i see him again (if he's not in training).
In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC: It was Frezzing and he obviously wasn't put off by the sheep incident (exploded after tumbling down Pavey). I imagine it is quite common in the lakes but it was rather sobering!
In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC: Slight error in your news report there Mick. To quoth:
"Last October Dave MacLeod, intent on repeating all Dave Birkett's hard trad routes in the Lakes, made the probable second ascent of Impact Day proposing a grade of E8 6c."
Some bloke called Dunne has this entry in his climbing CV on his website...
"Age 31 : 1999 : In April visited California and Nevada climbing at Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Bishop Red Rocks and Zion. Made the 2nd ascent of Impact Day, E8 6c on Pavey Ark, Langdale.Spent August and September attempting new line on Great Gable."
In reply to Hardonicus: I havent really got much of a clue really, as Mick said Dawes was my first E8 and dont have much to compare it to. I did find impact day considerably harder than 'Dawes rides a shovel head', but probably not bold enough to break into E9, so would hazard a guess of E8 6c.
J123418 Feb 2008
In reply to climbinggeorge123:
Well done, good effort, now get your logbook updated.
In reply to Franco Cookson: Wish i could be making the most out of the weather. Working down in london for the next few days, and havent got any days off this week. Hope the weather holds for the weekend. Would like to go and play on 'peppered Boursin' on Bright Beck crag.
"My plan for 2008 is to wind down my work a bit at the end of the spring so I can go climbing a lot more this summer. I've done loads of work and little climbing for the past couple of years to get myself to a better position. So hopefully I can start to tip the balance back in favour of climbing again. I don't have any firm plans for routes - it's not really possible to do that in Scotland and not get frustrated. I'll just try hard on whatever is in good condition."
Many talented climbers these days, like Leo Houlding and Tim Emmett, use climbing as a springboard to real money - making films and corporate lectures.
Consider people like Neil Gresham, they make their money from running climbing Masterclasses.