North Wales based climber Pete Robins has made what is thought to be the second ascent of Infanticide (F8c) on Lower Pen Trwyn (LPT), near Llandudno.
The route, first climbed by Neil Carson in 1995 is one of the most sustained on the cliff, with steep and flamboyant moves through the lower bulges going straight into a very involved and technical sequence to join Youthanasia (F8b) at its crux.
Robins, who ticked the well known F8c/+ Liquid Ambar last year, also on LPT, said that Infanticide felt a grade easier:
"Liquid Ambar took about 20 sessions last year, but I was a long way off that level when I started. This year, Infanticide took 5 sessions but I'm a bit fitter and have the whole crag more wired! Infanticide didn't stress me out at all, like Liquid Ambar did, and I enjoyed the experience. It's almost a disappointment when the routes get done because there are now only a few left to do."
Infanticide is essentially an indirect version of the unrepeated Neil Carson route Big Bang (F9a) which is one of the few routes on the cliff Robins has left to climb.
"I'll give Big Bang a look but it's desperate, and requires good conditions, so maybe a long term goal." commented Pete.