New E8 on Carn Vellan for Alexis PerryVideo

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The following report is from the news section of Dave Henderson's website:

Schmoking Hot 'Didier' Perry Does Another Good Route at Some Crag in Cornwall

Alexis Perry has been in touch to report headpointing another tough line down in West Cornwall with a bolt free ascent of a line based on 1025 at Carn Vellan*.

"Last Sunday (29th July), I managed to link Ziggurat into the top arete of 1025 in one big pitch. It pulls over the roof to the right of 1025 (where the debolted 8c project went through - the 8c bits must be elsewhere as these moves aren't so bad), then powerfully traverses left to the arete up which it finishes. An exercise in ridiculously strenuous trad climbing! Happily it's safe - the RPs which protect the crux proved their worth on several occasions! Toproped the crux. Toproping under the roof gets silly, it's too steep and the E5 terrain on Ziggurat is more practicably worked on lead. Under the roof is often really wet with condensation and seepage and getting the route ticked became an exercise in patience."

In his email Alexis then rambles on a bit about the grade so to summarise he says it can't be E8, but he found it harder than Son of Satan E8 and all of the E7s he's climbed so he's given it E7/8. IMHO it sounds like he may as well just give it E8 although it could be a viable proposition for an onsight attempt by someone with suitable talent...

Here's Alexis's really boring footage of his ascent.

VIDEO: Another Good Route at Some Crag in Cornwall

*As some of you may be aware, Carn Vellan has been the subject of much controversy regarding whether or not the main roof section should be a bolted sport crag. The following is Alexis's insightful summary and opinion:

"Carn Vellan, the pulsating heart of Cornish climbing controversy. A daunting, incredible overhang obscured by bile and bitterness. This route ties together a trad route, Ziggurat, and a debolted sport route, 1025, into one big trad pitch. This is NOT an ethical statement, more an attempt to maximise climbing on an amazing cliff that has become redundant.

One need only go to Dorset to observe pluralism working effectively on natural sea cliffs. Carn Vellan possesses several lines that are so blatantly perfect sport terrain - long, hugely overhanging, gearless routes - that I cannot criticize their bolting. Strangely though, I no longer wish to see Carn Vellan as a sport crag. I have spent hours in this beautiful, wild and lonely location. Sport crags are busy. Sport crags are loud. More people never make for a better cliff. Carn Vellan is sensitive: bolts it can live with; crowds it cannot."

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21 Aug, 2012
I really loved this video. None of the over posed moves and hyper edited climbing movement shots, just an honest low budget record of a climb, with amusing but real comments added. Not a sponsors name to be seen, no careful body movements, or close ups, to allow the name on the shorts/gear/shoes to accidentally become apparent. No blatent ego moves that have been over practiced so the climber looks bored with them or they look silly easy. Make some more films like this and put them on the site.
21 Aug, 2012
Excellent! What a great and inspiring looking line. I can hear the lid popping off the can of worms as I type!
21 Aug, 2012
Excellent! Let's just hope that no-one comes along and says stuff like 'actually Ziggurat goes approx 6cm to the left so the line you tried was only E1' Any comical pun style names for this route? I'll start with Skidmark... Let's get goin!
21 Aug, 2012
21 Aug, 2012
Great work Alexis. I cannot believe it was dry after the summer we have had!!
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