The Traverse of the Gods
Or the God Of all Traverses? I’m not the fittest of
climbers, but it’s not often that I turn up at a cliff and only manage one
route before crawling off exhausted! But the mega traverse at Craig-y-Longridge
is way longer than the average route!
Lucky for us this is such a good cliff, as we don’t have
that many world class sport venues. This isn’t Spain.
But we do have a few. This is the most important confirmation Adam Ondra has
made, the fact that he’s returned for a second week means he must like it here,
after all, he could go anywhere in the world for sure.
The Quarry Man
The Quarry Man
This route is the stuff of legends! And climbed by the
legend Johnny Dawes. Blasted into fame in the film Stone Monkey with a Zappa
sound track that elevated the route above every other in the quarries. Even the
simple name blatantly indicates that this isn’t just another slab or wall. This
is THE masterpiece, climbing out from the biggest hole via the biggest
Borre handed me another beer. The main dude behind the
Norwegian Rockmaster. The second event, in 2010, had been a good one. "Steve,
how can we make the competition even better?" I thought for a minute. "You want
something that stands out from the crowds? The way to go is DWS!"
A perfect mountain
Bits of rock can look pretty much the same, it doesn’t
matter where you are in the world. Big features, crazy formations, caves,
pinnacles, whatever; up close and pulling hard, rock is rock. In a place like China
you need to escape the system and explore the view, just to know where you are,
or you might as well have stayed home!