Not a Hope in Hoy - Robbie Phillips and Alex Moore on Longhope Direct (E10 7a)Fri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video follows Robbie Phillips and Alex Moore as they attempt to climb Dave MacLeod's Longhope Direct (E10 7a). The huge sandstone cliff is about as close to big wall climbing as you can get in the UK and other than the exceptionally hard climbing, there is soft, loose rock, huge run outs, and of course, Fulmars to deal with. The route had only been repeated once by James McHaffie and Ben Bransby back in 2013.

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25 Nov, 2022

That was so good to watch. The bit where the gear ripped was rather concerning. I thought this kit we use to keep us alive was rated to take such falls?

26 Nov, 2022

Excellent film. Enjoyed that a lot.

27 Nov, 2022

Awesome video, and for me really brought home what Ed Ward Drummond and Oliver Hill achieved with rubbish kit, no chance of rescue, no idea of where they were going, no retreat... has to have been one of/the most audacious ascents in the UK ever?

28 Nov, 2022

Superb, hugely enjoyable watch.

28 Nov, 2022

I'm surprised how often I see pros take repeated, large falls onto half nuts (or small nuts) with no inspection in between.

If you take a fall onto any of your gear, you should be inspecting it carefully, especially a large fall onto something that's not 12+ kn rated.

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