Another thanks goes out to our ol' bud Charlie Leventon for allowing us to post his photos that he took of the Stretton Skyline 2015 race that took place this weekend.
And if you didn't know... Charlie Leventon also moderates and updates the Shropshire (& bordering) Hill & Fell Race Calendar 2015 (see here, scroll down), the best resource for seeing all the offroad running events happening in this area!
The Ragleth Inn race is a 6.5km fell race starting at the Ragleth Inn in Little Stretton, near Church Stretton, Shropshire. The race has a total of 460m taking in Ragleth hill.
During a day in the first week of August 2015 High Sports ambassador ED BOOTH made a flash probable third ascent of the GRAND CANYON EXTENSION route at Devil’s Gorge, near Mold; included in the Clwyd Limestone guide. This powerful conclusion to the already coveted three star 7b+ Grand Canyon, first climbed by Gary Gibson in 1992, makes this one of the best sport routes of its grade in the area, and well beyond. It’s seen considerable attention and failures over the years, but the logical addition of the Extension properly concludes the job up this impressively steep piece of rock.
The following is an extract from Ed Booth, the short video courtesy of Luke Clarke, captures the pumpy final “waste no time” crux section of the Extension:
Grand Canyon Extension route
“So the route got bolted a while back, Lee Proctor had been trying it as a project for around 8yrs on and off and had fallen off by the chains on his best effort. This year a couple of other guys went in and did the first and second ascents. I went along and had a play hearing they had done it and then went back on the day of the film with my brother Adam and our friend Luke who filmed it.
The Grand Canyon 7b+ to the lower off under the roof is a classic of the area, when cleaned up. It offers a more euro style of route than some of the more typical fingery stuff on the most limestone. It has generally good holds with big moves in between.
The Extension utilises a couple of good holds by the chain at the top of Grand Canyon, to shake out on and recover, then it’s a blast straight up the leaning head wall above which is guarded by a small boulder problem through a tiny roof, and topped with a crap left hand hold which you use to do a big rock over to the top of the crag. The headwall alone is perhaps a long V6 so you want the 7b+ to feel steady. Overall it probably rates at about easy 8a and is a really great finish to an already great route.
It's all clean down there at the moment and most stuff is chalked”.
Well done Ed another impressive tick!