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Mat Perrier on the first ascent of Ug's Wall (NB. note the chalked up holds on The Shocker)


Mat Perrier (again) on the first ascent of Ug's Wall


Paul Barker searching for an answer on Ug's Wall


Adam Hocking powering through to the finishing holds of Ug's Wall


Adam Hocking in flight on The Shocker

More details of the problems at the dolerite boulders in Beddgelert Forest have materialized.

The emerging consensus is that Dave Rudkinís amazing dyno: The Shocker is actually much harder than his suggested grade of V7/7A+; perhaps V8/7B+?

The wall to the left has been christened Houdini by Paul Barker who did the first ascent. Two crimps and the Shocker jug for a foothold might seem a harsh starting position for a mere V6/7A, but that is the mooted grade. Any opinions on this would be appreciated.

The high wall to the right of The Shocker was climbed by Mat Perrier and is thus far un-named (Ugís Wall will have to do for now). The grade would appear to be a height dependant V5-V8?

There are two other easier problems round to the right, based around an arÍte and groove. And of course, several intriguing project lines.

(All photos by Graham Desroy)

Relevant links:
      The Shocker - original news item