Last evening, Malcolm Smith made the FA of Hunger, at The Anvil:
First ascent of 'Hunger' 9a at the Anvil this evening. It ended up feeling a notch harder than 'Blood Diamond', more sustained. I've maybe climbed harder on the boulders but it's certainly my hardest route so far. Thanks for going...
In reply to Björn Pohl - UKC: Wow...nice work!!! Still struggle to believe people can find lines through the roof on this awesome boulder. Sometimes take the kids there to scramble around the boulders and caves when I'm working at the local centres. They never believe me when I tell them what "those shiney hingmies" are for!!! Fantastic achievement.
Does anyone have any info on the line of bolts on the carrick boulder? They have been there a couple of years but I am yet to find any info on the route. Looks hard...8a maybe?
An extra well done to Malcolm for braving the argyll midge!!
The easier line on the Carrick Castle boulder is a 7b+ of Dave Redpath's. It has a cool jump move to the jug on the lip of the roof. He didn't do the line to the right. As I recall he was talking in terms of 8a or 8a+, but I don't know how much he tried it. This is a good few years ago, mind. The rock on that line isn't of the best quality.
You haven't seen anything else of interest on your wanderings with the kids, have you? The Anvil is pretty much climbed out now, so we need to find new crags!
In reply to TomCE: A few bits and pieces but nothing that is worth the walk in. There is and interesting looking crag closer to lochgoilhead situated in the woods about 150m up the hillside. Sort of a slab leading to a small roof. Not sure if you would find anything too hard there though. There is of course the 20m overhang at the "squeeze" cave system below the steeple. I think there was a scrappy e4 put up there many years back. There are two falcons nesting there at the moment though so access could be tricky. I seem to recall a mate of mine had found a good wall somewhere but didn't have the funds to bolt it. I'll ask him.
If you are interested I could send you a wee email detailing a couple of crags? Nothing of similar quality to the anvil though!!!
In reply to mark mcgowan01: I've never been to the Anvil so I was wondering if the photo exaggerates things or is it really that steep?
Also wondering about a 2nd ascent. Time for a new blog Mark? 9a in ?days.
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