George Ullrich's Lakes Trad Campaign Continues

by Dave Gill Apr/2008
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Karma Kings is a relatively short route at Raven Crag, Walthwaite, Langdale. Originally climbed by Dave Birkett in 1998 and described in the FRCC Langdale Guide as "A serious destiny-defining route which accepts the challenge of the studiously-blank east-facing wall". It is given a grade of E7 6c.

On the 19th April, after a brief inspection on a rope, local trad activist 19 year old George Ullrich was on lead. As you can see, there's a big tree right next to the climb. Some people have been known to put a runner in the tree reducing the grade slightly. George chose not to, and instead used a 'blu-tacced' sideways swedge and very poor skyhook placement. It's just above this hook placement where the crux is, and having done that, you've still got a massive runout to the top. Pretty bold you could say.

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In February this year George repeated Impact Day E8/9 6c on Pavey Ark and Dawes Rides a Shovel Head E8 6c on Raven Crag, Langdale

George is sponsored by Metolius, Evolv and Prana.

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