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Terry Taylor crimping and smearing for Ireland on the FA of a super-thin slab.
© Dave Williams, Jul 2016
Route: Smearfest F6c+
Crag X, hidden away somewhere in Wales
Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC/TZ8
Date taken: 30th July 2016
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Weird looking rock.
aln - 01/Aug/16
Agreed. It's a type of slate and it is thought that the slab surface is a fault plane, along which the result of slip has smoothly polished the walls of the fault plane, forming a striated slickenside surface. However, this is more a case of 'slick 'n' slide', as climbing the slab involves tenuous smearing on the tiny striations, with fingernail (or finger tip if you're lucky!) crimps in the horizontal joints and breaks, while all the time fighting the relentless pull of gravity .... The routes are 30m long; so there's plenty of time to fight the good fight.
Dave Williams - 02/Aug/16
Very interesting, thanks for the detailed reply.
aln - 03/Aug/16
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