Nigel Callender repeats Monk Life - Font 8B+

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Nigel Callender has made the fifth ascent of Monk Life at Kyloe in the Wood, Northumberland.

The problem, first climbed by Malcolm Smith in 2003, is on the main buttress of the crag and is described in the UKC Logbooks:

"The line of tiny holds on an otherwise blank face, with a big crux move off a chicken head and sharp pocket to finish on better holds."

Nigel has written up his ascent on his blog where he said:

"When I moved to Newcastle, there was one line that stood out. It was Malcolm Smith's 'Monk Life' at Kyloe. The perfect line of sustained hard climbing on a beautiful scoop of bullet hard sandstone, tucked away in a remote Northumberland wood. Add to this the history of the line - this was Smith's famous 10 year project, the only previous repeaters true Legends of the UK and international climbing scene from the past 10 years."

NB: UKC has a bouldering news round up written by Dan Varian to be published later today.

VIDEO: Monk Life

Nigel Callender is sponsored by Wild Country and Red Chili

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1 Mar, 2011
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