James McHaffie and Ryan Pasquill have made quick ascents of The Big Issue (E9 6c) at Bosherston Head, Pembroke. They both had an onsight attempt at the route the previous week, only to be thrown off by the technical crux. However, both returned the following weekend and completed the climb.
'I wanted to do it first go putting the kit in but lobbed off the techy mid crux.
Ryan, Maddy (Cope) and Emma (Twyford) had a burn and I did it next go, having left the kit in the first half. Ryan had a great effort, having gotten close on his 2nd go, he got through it when the rock went quite gop really near the end of the day.
'The route's got an amazing finishing headwall with a cutloose move that both me and Ry nearly dropped. Emma and Maddy looked strong as sin on it…'
The route was originally climbed by John Dunne in 1996. John used the peg and some stuck wires, but placed most of the gear on lead. The name refers to the debolting of the line, at a time when bolts were being used on certain first ascents in Pembroke. Below is the film featuring John Dunne on The Big Issue.
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