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Jon Ratcliffe ripped to the gills on Break on Through 7A/+ Photo: Kieran King

A broader shot showing the location of the line just above the Stwlan dam road. Photo: Jon Ratcliffe

Jon Ratcliffe has picked off a superb stand up line on one of the main Tan y Grisiau boulders. Break on Through 7A/+ takes the impressive leaning side wall of the Hippocampus block.

“Use the obvious undercuts to gain the high backhand crimpy pinch and with nifty footwork levitate to a good hold on the lip; a hidden intermediate may be of help. Rock over on to the top and take a bow. The landing looks bad but four pads are enough to flatten it and it's easy to give a good spot.”

Explained Jon, before adding:

“I can't believe this wall was overlooked. On first glance it looked nails and a bit dirty, but after a few attempts the crucial backhand hold cleaned up and it went pretty easily - still quite a feisty move mind you. It's such a satisfying problem and genuinely a bit of a classic.”

Repeats followed quickly from Mike Goldthorp, Kieran King and Alex Mason. Check out Kieran’s film which shows the first ascent, plus a few other Tan y Grisiau classics:

I'm not a mathematician or anything but that was a really good day out at Tanygrisiau! from Kieran King on Vimeo.

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