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8c+ trad by Ethan Pringle
OffLine 8a.nu
  2016-09-22 00:00:00    
Ethan Pringle reports on Facebook that he has done the FA of Black Bears Tears 8c+ at the Promontory protecting the 40 meters by 15 cams and one stopper. For the history books, this is after Beth Rodden's Meltown the second 8c+ trad ascent.

- This is definitely one of, if not the coolest and most unique FAs I've ever done in my life! I'd fantasized about how this fabled crack climb might look and feel for weeks before I saw it at the start of the month. When I first laid eyes on it, my jaw hit the floor.

On September 2nd I rapped in and installed an anchor right below the very top of the wall. I knew as soon as I saw the line up close that it was going to have some bad ass climbing on it and it did not disappoint. After 10 days of the usual kind of hard work and of course a fair amount of blood, sweat, a few tears right there at the end, I nabbed the red point.
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OnLine Arnoud Prinz
  2016-09-22 12:51:18    
Nice job Ethan, we will waiting for the movie!
OffLine David Cover
  2016-09-22 13:21:15    
I corrected you on this before. Dave Maceod's E11 Echo Wall is 8c+ too.
OnLine Jens Larssen
  2016-09-22 14:59:09    
Thanks...where can I see that Macleod suggested 8c+ for Echo Wall?
OffLine Geir Evensen
  2016-09-22 15:08:50    
MacLeod's own thoughts about grading the Echo Wall (although with no conclusion) here:  http://davemacleod.blogspot.no/2008/10/grade-of-echo-wall.html
OffLine Robert Kasper
  2016-09-22 17:10:12    
ahhh i see it coming. an article about echo wall, why mcleod ist totally badass and why the E-System does not make sense.
OffLine Julian Bobilev
  2016-09-22 18:50:03    
The name of the route is Blackbeard's Tears.
OffLine Nolan Robertson
  2016-09-22 21:05:25    
Isn't cobra crack supposed to be 8C+ too?
OnLine renets
  2016-09-23 00:04:59    
OffLine Franz the Stampede
  2016-09-23 00:14:24    
+1 Favresse It's all unrepeated stuff, though?
OffLine Rances Rodriguez
  2016-09-23 16:44:55    
I think Cobra Crack has settled in at 8c.
OffLine Kenny Walker
  2019-04-27 14:23:52    
The Recovery Drink has seen 1 repeat but still no grade. The Wide Boys seem to think it’s in the 8c+ range...