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Alex Barrows Repeats Pilgrimage (8B+)

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Chris Doyle reports on his blog that Alex Barrows has made the long awaited second ascent of Pilgrimage (Font 8B+ or F9a) in Parisella's Cave, North Wales.

This is a huge link-up boulder problem through the famous limestone bouldering cave on the Ormes.

The epic Parisella's Cave  © James Mason
The epic Parisella's Cave
climberjames, Aug 2010
© James Mason

Chris reported: "Alex Barrows has made quick work of Malc Smiths Pilgrimage in Parisellas. Pilgrimage (or The Big Link as it was always referred to) is a historic piece of Welsh climbing. In the early 90s long before the Cave was a popular and recognised bouldering destination an in-form Ben Moon got close to making the FA. The problem was written up in the first Northern Soul despite being a project and its legend grew in Cave circles. In 2004 legendary strong man Malcolm Smith invested considerable time and money (1000 pounds worth of fuel driving down from Scotland) and made the first ascent of the link at 8b+ or F9a..."


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7 Mar, 2013
Pilgrimage, not Pilgramage.
7 Mar, 2013
Thanks. Oops.... J
7 Mar, 2013
Good write up from Chris as usual, what now inherits the title of Britain's most coveted second ascent?
7 Mar, 2013
Walk Away sds Shadowplay Il Pirata Violent New Breed Hunger Mutation? Just a few off the top of my head.
7 Mar, 2013
Echo Wall?! No queues, one imagines. jcm
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