The new route at Mundo Perdido didn't go quite as planned. The top of the first pitch has a very hollow sounding rock shield which is 5 metres tall and about 3 metres wide. The line I had in mind goes straight through the middle of it. I really didn't want to place a bolt in such marginal rock so I opted for a large run out instead! What could possible go wrong?
I spent two days cleaning it and was happy that it would go at a high 7. Myself and Agustine Gomez had first go but the sequence through the steep fragile shield eluded us both. I think the fear factor was working us hard.
|Trying to figure out the crux sequence through the shield.|
The second pitch shed a large foot hold that narrowly missed Agust and sent me flying past him, can't remember the last time I took a fall greater than a factor 1.
|Rich Mayfield on the crux of the first pitch.|
I returned with Matt Warner a few days later, with the cunning idea of mostly avoiding the shield by climbing rightwards where the rock is more solid. I placed a high bolt in good rock.
I lead the first pitch at a surprisingly amenable grade of 7a+/b 28m. The second pitch goes at 6c+/7a and a looooong 44 metres of slightly overhanging crack and face climbing.
Je Suis Charlie 72m 7a+/b
|Agust on Fiesta de Sella 6c|
I also climbed two other routes which we bolted last year but hadn't gotten around to leading. The Crow Eaters 6c+ and Feist 7a.
Topos to follow on the Miniguide page http://theorangehouse.co.uk/mini-guides
I've also been spending some time climbing with Gaz Parry a little further North, new caves seems to be popping up all over the place. http://www.gazparryclimbing.com/2015/02/supersonico-highs-and-lows.html
The new route count for January is a lowly 3.