Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene at Alter Rock





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New Routes Tuesday 18th September

Zippy sneaked in last Monday 10th September and set the traverse wall and traverses on the bouldering wall. 9 traverses in total.

Try doing the traverses one after the other without touching the floor. Go one way then come back again but on a different traverse and see how many you can do or just do laps  of the same traverse until you fail. More then 10 laps then its too easy. Don’t forget to use the nice coated blue volumes, they are so rough and grippy. Enjoy

What went up Monday 3rd September

21   orange 2       cows 5       purple 6b

30   red 3              green 6c    yellow 7a

37  orange 2+    brown 6b   yellow 6c+

41   teal 1+          white 2+    pink 6b

47 green 2          teal 5            red 6b+

53 purple 3         red 6a+       green 6b

Mark Pretty set the above. No hands rest on line 41 pinks, easy 6b. Line 37 brown 6b gets the grade for steady hard moves. Line 21 purple hard 6b is technically hard with no rests for the fingers. Yet line 30 has a green with a hard 6c move to give it its garde. Finally we can all debate the red and green on line 47. Grades the wrong way round, but surely the red is harder than 6b?

All volumes and aretes are in unless stated other wise on grade boards at the bottom of routes.

Setting long ropes Wednesday 19th September 6 lines 18 new routes.

Smart 2.0

Please watch this link they state it “completely Blocks the Rope” what could be safer or Smarter?

2 Links for you to watch.

Mammut – Smart 2.0 – Belay device

Want to know more about Steve McClure?

Beyond Limits – “A life through climbing” ISBN-10:1910240192

The link  below is worth a look, some great photos of Mark “Zippy” Pretty with Ben Moon both with (great) hair.’zippy’_pretty_and_andy_pollitt-9762


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