Cornwall New Route for Martin Cathrow - Skyfall E7 6b

by Martin Cathrow Mar/2013
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Back on the 5th January 2013 Martin Cathrow successfully completed his project at St Loy, Cornwall.

Martin Cathrow - Skyfall #2, 117 kb
The striking arete of Skyfall

Martin Cathrow on Skyfall - E7 6b, 82 kb
Martin Cathrow on Skyfall - E7 6b
This climb is centred around the superb arete and the old existing aid route of Gloy.

This line has seen much attention over the last 30 years but had yet to see a free ascent. Starting on the seaward face, the climb turns the arete at a flake giving access to the crack of Gloy.

A series of compression moves leads to a small wire placement (which was preplaced for this ascent) before the crux sequence, after which the climb finishes on the seaward arete in a fine position.

Martin named the route Skyfall after a cam placement failure on lead resulted in a vicious ground fall. Despite no mats being used Martin was luckily able to walk away without any major injuries.

Martin regards the route as a fantastic challenge and deserving of future attention and estimates the grade to be E7 6b.

Martin would like to say a big thank you to the Barn Climbing Centre (Milton Abbot) especially Brian for the continued support.

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