New E7 6b for Calum Muskett: Ginger Ninja

© Adam Booth

Calum Muskett has had a proactive few months seeking out new routes in North Wales, adding Ginger Ninja (E7 6b) E7 6b to Craig y Clipiau (Moelwyns)​ this week, following his first ascent of Day of the Triffids (E8 6c) E8 6b at Clogwyn y Tarw (The Gribin Facet), which Calum climbed earlier in the autumn.

Calum Muskett on Ginger Ninja
© Adam Booth

Calum told UKC:

"I climbed a good new E7 6b in the Moelwyns yesterday on 'Craig y Clipiau' above Blaenau Ffestiniog. Low in the grade but great climbing on pockets and quite strenuous arranging a cluster of rps and skyhooks before the crux move. It's next to the 'Crimson Cruiser' (classic E5) so we felt like we had to call it the Ginger Ninja (although we nearly called it the Ginger Whinger!). Ed Booth was straight in for the second ascent."

Ed Booth on Ginger Ninja
© Calum Muskett

Not content with just one new route, Calum then discovered an E5 next door:

"I also climbed a new finish to Purple Pardise (E5 6b) which goes at about E5 up the blunt arete right of Crimson Cruiser."

James Taylor on Day of the Triffids E8 6b  © Calum Muskett
James Taylor on Day of the Triffids E8 6b
© Calum Muskett

Describing Day of the Triffids (E8 6c)Calum commented:

"It's a good new E8 that climbs Rare Lichen from the easier start of 'Trouble with Lichen' with an easier E5ish wall leading to the arete. Again low in the grade but reasonably safe and enjoyable climbing. James Taylor made the second ascent soon after."

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Calum Muskett
North Wales

Calum was born and brought up on the very edge of the Carneddau mountain range, a simple fact which has been hugely influential in his development as a climber. Calum has known the hills and mountains of North Wales since...

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18 Nov, 2015
Looks really good
18 Nov, 2015
Apart from Calum being a great lad and a fantastic climber what impressed me most about this was that he did it in a t-shirt. I was across the way on Allt Fawr that day taking photographs and absolutely froze my nads off!
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