Steve McClure on Elder Statesman

"HXS 7a - Graded cos everyone wants to know the grade straight away and I don't have a clue. Gear at head height and good. A wild jump around the arete is one of the hardest moves I have ever done, if you don't hold the crimp out left you will swing way out, drag your ropes all the way down the arete and then crash back into the crack, a bit of a clatter but not E8 bad, unless the ropes cut! Also I reckon if you were really tall the jump would be much easier, like 6c, so E6 then? In the end it doesn't seem to matter that much especially on a route like this."
-Steve McClure on Rocktalk

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