Boswell Kicks off the Season - New VIII,9

Greg Boswell, partnered by Adam Russell, has added a new route on Ben Nevis with his ascent of Tomahawk Crack (VIII,9).

Greg Boswell on the second pitch of Tomahawk Crack
© Adam Russell

Greg Boswell on the third pitch of Tomahawk Crack, 70 kb
Greg Boswell on the third pitch of Tomahawk Crack
© Adam Russell
The route tackles a striking crack between Sioux Wall and Apache.

Greg commented on his blog:

"...Gaining the crack was pretty hard, but I continued up the wall with the small ledge at 1/3 height in my sights. The placements in the crack improved, but the wall kicked back in steepness just before the ledge. This is where the difficulties started, the gear became worse and the hooks that lead to the safety of the ledge became spaced and more inventive to find. But after some grunting and groaning, I threw my left heel up and rocked up onto the platform. Ahhhhhh....... and relax!..."

  • Read Greg's full account on his blog.
  • This ascent has been discussed in the UKC Forums

Greg Boswell is sponsored by The Mountain Boot Company - which is: Scarpa , Grivel , Deuter , Outdoor Research , Ski Trab , Lorpen .

He is also sponsored by Edelrid and Big Tree Campervans .

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