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Pete making an earlier attempt on Obscene Gesture Direct 7B!, thwarted by wet holds. Photos: Si Panton


Pete Robins has straightened out and improved his own problem, Obscene Gesture at Nant y Fedw (see page 334 in the new NWB guide). The direct version takes on the challenge of the central line on the distinctly highball wall.

Its harder and better than the original. said Pete after the ascent. Interestingly, although it is a meaty highball, it stays above the best part of the landing.

Elsewhere in North Wales there have been some worthwhile additions. Back in January Cailean Harker climbed Mānava 7C at Clogfaeni y Llys. This starts as for Manou, but takes the sloper over the lip with the right hand before finishing direct up the slab. (see page 386 in the new NWB guide)

Up on Little Orme Chris Doyle linked the Caveman Low Start into Breezeblock, bumping the grade slightly but still 7C+. (see page 633 in the new NWB guide)

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