Katie's Delight E8 6c flashed by Mchaffie and Robins

James Mchaffie and Pete Robins have flashed Katie's Delight E8 6c at  Craig y Forwyn in North Wales, just weeks after Alex Mason made the first ascent.

After seeing Alex's UKC write-up and watching the video, the pair were keen to try it while it was chalked.

James McHaffie high on Katie's Delight
© James McHaffie

James told UKC:

"We warmed up on the nearby E2 and then I led Katie's Delight. Pete climbed it shortly after. The meat of the route is the 1st half which has the hardest move as far from the bolt as you would want it to be with more tricky moves to gain a hands off. An easy groove leads to a still droppable E6 finish. It's escapable in the top bit but makes the most of the rock and climbs brilliantly. A good find from Alex."

James followed this ascent with a repeat of Pete Harrison's Imminent Departees afterwards. He commented:

"I was a bit tired from training on the Friday and mid crux Alex Mason arrived to say "You use those holds you got to with thumbs!" It helped a lot and the route gives a gritesque crux on limestone. A gripping rockover with poor handholds. It felt like Braille Trail but a limestone version. Kind of safe but scary."

James is sponsored by: Boreal, DMM, Rab and Sterling Rope

Pete is sponsored by: DMM, Five Ten, Podsacs and prAna

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