Friday, March 1, 2013

Wipe Out gets a 3rd ascent

Benjamin de Charmoy bagged the 3rd ascent of the short power test "Wipe Out" 31, at The Supertubes in Montagu shortly after returning from a 2 month climbing trip to Spain. "Wipe Out" was originally opened by Clinton Martinengo, who was unsure of it's difficulty and well known for his sandbag grades, threw out a "it's somewhere around 30". Marijus Šmigelskis made the second ascent in 2011, and after comparing the climb to other well-established Montagu classics of a similar length and grade, decided 32 was more appropriate. Some speculation existed however, and after climbing numerous 8b's in Spain, and despite it being harder than most 31's and even the odd 32 in Montagu, Benji reckoned 31 is most fair for the line.

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