Corinthian Groove F8b – Robins gets second ascent

Pete Robins making the second ascent of Corinthian Groove F8b Photo: Si Panton

Last night Pete Robins made the second ascent of Corinthian Groove F8b on the Chain Gang Wall on the Marine Drive in Llandudno.

Mark Katz first climbed the line in 2003 and it has survived all this time without a repeat. A few years back Danny Cattell did make it through the lower crux section, but pumped out and fell off the easier upper section of Foolish Ghoulish F7b/+.

The route starts up the boulder problem Mr Whippy, a hard 7A+ (some think 7B); from the finger jug a further desperate sequence leads into Foolish Ghoulish.

“That bottom section is like doing a Font 7C+; I think overall the route is hard F8b. I’ve had quite a few sessions on it, but I had a bad sequence; once I’d sussed out how to do it I got it pretty quickly.”

Explained Pete.

In the same session Pete also climbed a new boulder problem line between Chocolate Wall and Mr Whippy. Screwball rates 7B+. For more details go to northwalesbouldering.com.

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