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Pete on a previous attempt at Bane Sds 7B trying to use the left hand undercut – in the end it was done using a poor undercut and broken edge just to the right. Photo: Si Panton

On Friday two excited teams descended upon the Porth Nefoedd boulder field and much fun was had by all. Needless to say there were many repeats and a few first ascents.

Pete Robins climbed an excellent but tough 7B sds to Bane in the Bat Cave area, but was forced to use a different sequence on the stand up as it is hard to get across onto the left hand undercut pinch from the new lower moves.

“I started it from a sat down position on the main block, with hands high on a jug and sloper near arete. It’s a very obvious position. There are four moves into the stand up which we did differently. Wild move to lip. Top end 7B?” commented Pete after the ascent.

Ollie Grounsell made a quick repeat, confirming the tough grade (and the quality).

Over in Area 1 on the Back of Beyonce face Danny Cattell climbed the obvious sit down start line leading into the stand up 6B in the middle of the Means of Escape traverse. Danny reckoned 7A+/B for Slasher but his partner in crime, Chris Doyle, was doubtful that it was that easy. Check out Chris’ film which includes footage of this and the modern classic, Hang ‘em High (now thought to be 7A):

The recently climbed Number of the Beast sds saw a few repeats (from Ollie and Danny) with a new foot sequence – the consensus for this is now 7B+.

Relevant links:
      Bane and Number of the Beast news item