Unclimbed Grit? Stunning new 7C+ at Great Wolfrey

The gritstone keeps on giving! In what seems to have become a rare occurrence these days, Dave Sutcliffe has found a stunning unclimbed wall of perfect gritstone and made the first ascent of a new problem on Wolfrey Wall at Great Wolfrey​. Dave reckons Path Of Intrigue was one of Yorkshire's finest unclimbed lines - graded as either a highball 7C+ above pads or E6 7a with gear.

Dave told UKC:

"I first spotted the line last summer whilst developing the rest of the crag but it was too warm to try it so I waited until now. The line stood out to me as one of the best unclimbed lines on Yorkshire grit!"

Dave Sutcliffe on Path of Intrigue, 129 kb
Dave Sutcliffe on Path of Intrigue
© Dave Sutcliffe

Dave was unsure whether to grade it as highball boulder or as a short trad climb, so compromised by grading both options:

"It's that awkward height that's not really a route but a bit high for a highball! The climbing is technical and committing but the landing is reasonable! The crux is somewhere in the region of Font 7C but I'm not sure - it was reachy for me so it felt tricky. The quality speaks for itself though."

Watch a video of Dave climbing Path of Intrigue below.

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