|Viejo Amigo 7a+ - the start to the route |
'Via Des Rudolf 8a' and also the warm up
|Silvia demonstrating her|
skill, ability and all the rest
it. I had managed to work the route fairly quickly and had noticed that a line of bolts headed out left from the start. This route was 'Via des rudolf 8a' and I knew it would be a good climb for Silvia. Little did I realise it would take Silvia and me about 3 hours just to get the route ready. When you are dealing with steep unknown territory, it takes a huge amount of effort just to clip the route up, let alone climb it. On my first attempt I pulled a huge hold off the start. I screamed 'BELOW!' but of course this is futile. Everyone was standing beneath me. The rock dashed the floor narrowly avoiding their heads. My belayer and good friend Patrick Pearce was surprisingly unshaken by the experience. Shaken up and more than a little tentative, I continued my ascent, only to fall.
|Tackling the unrelentingly steep Via Des Rudolf|
|A satisfying finish, otherwise known as "Thank god that's over"|