Barbara Musial - UK Limestone Summer

by Jack Geldard & Stu Harmer Nov/2010
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Barbara belaying at Malham
© Tim Bertenshaw

Manchester based Barbara Musial has had a great season on the UK limestone. Highlights include redpoint ascents of Urgent Action (F8a+) at Kilnsey and GBH (F8a+) at Malham.

Her friend Stu Harmer gives us some details:

"Barbara Musial is a very modest, retiring sort of person; just the kind who wouldn't want to publicise her achievements to the wider climbing world. As she won't, I will!

Barbara lives in Manchester and she is originally from Poland. She has been sport climbing in the UK for a few years now, first at Portland whilst she lived in London, then moving onto Peak limestone and Yorkshire limestone, where she is a familiar face most weekends.

2010 has proved to be a great climbing year for Basia (pronounced Basher), as she is known by some of her friends, with successful redpoints of Urgent Action (F8a+), The Bulge, (F8a) The Thumb (F8a) and The Ashes (F7c+) at Kilnsey crag in Yorkshire and a quick ascent of GBH (F8a+) at Malham.

Barbara climbed her first 8a at the Raven Tor in the Peak, with an ascent the fingery and technical In Brine (F8a). She has since added The Toilet (F8a), also at Raven Tor and New Age Traveller (F8a) at Malham to her growing list of F8's.

She was making fine progress on Ecstasy (F8b), at Kilnsey crag, earlier this year; but the British weather has put paid to that until spring. Barbara is currently taking a well deserved Siurana."

Barbara at Malham, the secret of her good footwork is revealed, 118 kb
Barbara at Malham, the secret of her good footwork is revealed
© Tim Bertenshaw
Barbara at Malham, 115 kb
Barbara at Malham
© Tim Bertenshaw
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