Belgian Duo on Fire at Gogarth - Second Ascent of Mad Brown

Ray Wood reports on the DMM Website

The Belgian dynamic duo, Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, who were particularly impressive on their first visit to Wales during the recent BMC International Meet, have made the second ascent and the first in a day of Gogarth's The Mad Brown (E7).

As fate would have it, Adam Wainwright got a surprise as he abseiled in to do Quartz Icicle in Gogarth's Wen Zawn: hanging opposite him was a Belgian photographer and across the way was Nicolas Favresse a.k.a Nico, on the belay at the top of pitch one of The Mad Brown E7 (6a/b, 6b, 5b, 6a), a route Adam had made the first ascent of in 1996 with George Smith. And until today it had not had a second ascent, let alone one in a day.

When Sean reached Leo Houlding's high-point from a repeat attempt, marked by a quickdraw on the second pitch, Adam was able to shout directions as to where to go next.

Adam commented: "Its really impressive just rocking up in Britain and trying such a specialised North Wales route. They seemed to have much greater faith in the quality of the rock than me and George had!"

Full Report with Action Photo's on the DMM Website

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