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Video still of Mike on Piethe of Pith 7A+!

Mike Goldthorp has climbed an amazing highball line at Trwyn Talfarach. Piethe of Pith 7A+! tackles the immaculate wall left of the classic 6A, Billy Boy Arete.

Following on from Owen Hayward’s recent efforts to transform the crag, Mike made his move on one of the most inspiring unclimbed lines, as he explains:

“I was down at Trwyn Talfarach at the weekend, Owen had previously shown me a couple of the projects, and I managed to get one of them done on Saturday - what was dubbed Tangerine Dream, but I've opted for calling it 'Piethe of Pith', sticking with the citrus fruit theme.”

“From a little left-hand flake it follows the delightful seams up the curving wall to join the top of Billy Boy Arete, with delicate footwork and tenuous moves above an exciting (grim) landing, which I filled with some rocks and boarded with a few planks, which have been stashed under the boulder for future ascentionists. It's a stunning visual line, and although the hand movements are slightly repetitive, the footwork is dainty and the crimpy seams are subtle. Definitely worth 3 stars! Grade is maybe highball 7A+ish, might feel 7B for shorties or wimps.”

Piethe of Pith from Michael Goldthorp on Vimeo.

Relevant links:
      Talfarach surge news item (with topos)