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Offline Andy F

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Hardest route in the Country
« on: June 04, 2017, 08:31:20 pm »
Steve has just done the deed (according to Ian Dunne on instagram). Mega effort  :2thumbsup: :clap2:

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 08:49:50 pm »
Get in! Really happy for him
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 09:15:14 pm »
Steve has just done the deed (according to Ian Dunne on instagram). Mega effort  :2thumbsup: :clap2:



Cryptic nonsense that Andy, doesn't deserve its own thread.

Steve Mclure? Malham?
Thats how you do it though isn't it...

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 09:41:41 pm »
Steve has just done the deed (according to Ian Dunne on instagram). Mega effort  :2thumbsup: :clap2:



Cryptic nonsense that Andy, doesn't deserve its own thread.

Steve Mclure? Malham?

Yes and yes. Sorry for being cryptic,  :oops:

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 10:15:05 pm »
I pull line and am content with a good feeling in the belly.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 11:24:53 pm »
Big weekend for climbing news!

It's incredible to think that Steve did his first 'hardest route in the country' nearly 20 years ago....and he wasn't even particularly young then.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2017, 12:14:53 am »
 :strongbench: :strongbench: didn't come as much of a surprise considering he almost did it in less than ideal conditions the other day, knew it was just a matter of time.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2017, 08:11:50 am »
 :2thumbsup: :strongbench: :bow:

Come on Shark, details! we know you were there.
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 08:35:48 am »
For the benefit of those of us not part of the catwalk "chris says hi" glitterati can someone shed any light onto where this route goes?
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2017, 08:49:15 am »
Rainshadow through crux (8c+) then new link (8c+) into finish of Bat Route.

I think.

Details of the easier start from a few years back: https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item/68071/steve_mcclure_climbs_batman_9a
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2017, 08:49:30 am »
It's the "Easy Easy" referred to here:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item/68071/steve_mcclure_climbs_batman_9a

Does Rainshadow past the crux, then rather than bearing slightly left, goes straight up via around 8c+ of "new" climbing to join the end of Batroute.  Batman was a consolation version - accessing the new climbing from Bat Route (which is to the right) rather than Rainshadow.
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2017, 08:50:54 am »
Too slow moose!
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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2017, 08:56:15 am »
Fucking A, this is well good.

It's been stressful just following his attempts on facebook, so cool to see him finish it off.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2017, 10:10:35 am »
Steve has just done the deed (according to Ian Dunne on instagram). Mega effort  :2thumbsup: :clap2:

UKB at it's cliquey worst!  Some of us mere mortals don't know who Steve is, or what the deed is. 

Well done though Steve, sounds like a cracking deed.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2017, 10:12:36 am »
Pretty decent doing your first 9b in your late 40s. Keeping up with the young bucks.  Legend.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2017, 10:36:32 am »
Pretty decent doing your first 9b in your late 40s. Keeping up with the young bucks.  Legend.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2017, 11:02:37 am »
Pretty decent doing your first 9b in your late 40s. Keeping up with the young bucks.  Legend.

Oldest person to climb 9b?
Only Brit to climb 9b?

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2017, 11:09:18 am »
Let's let the downgrades roll in before we start handing out the medals  ;)

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2017, 11:12:07 am »
Quote from: Clart
Only Brit to climb 9b?

The only climbers who have without a shadow of doubt done a 9b route are Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, Jacob Shubert, Alex Megos, Sachi Amma and Stephano Gisolfi. Possibly Ethan Pringle if Jumbo Love really is 9b.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2017, 11:15:32 am »
He said it's a lot harder and took a lot longer than Overshadow which Ondra called hard 9a+.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2017, 03:35:42 pm »
According to Farcebook he's called it Rainman.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2017, 04:55:15 pm »
:2thumbsup: :strongbench: :bow:

Come on Shark, details! we know you were there.

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2017, 04:56:18 pm »
an account or your day or steve's?  :tease:

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2017, 05:01:11 pm »
an account or your day or steve's?  :tease:

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Re: Hardest route in the Country
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2017, 05:13:06 pm »
9b belay got to be better than doing the Oak.