Climbing in Borneo

Climbing in Borneo
Second pitch of Make it Snappy, 7b+, Berhala Island

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Berhala Island, Bolted climbing in Sabah

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Monday, March 23, 2009

What progress? I hear you all cry, the emails are coming in asking how things are going and, to be honest the silence from the island was beginning to get me worried too. Lord of the Flies images coming to mind or perhaps the guys having gone off to live with the sea gypsies. Just when I was starting to become fearful, Simon got a message to me.
Being a Spurs fan and knowing I am a Chelsea fan was perhaps a motivating force behind his text, just how he knew the score escapes me but it obviously cheered him up.
As for progress well it sounds promising;
2 routes on the beach are now in progress, hard, steep starts in the high 7's. Another two routes up the slab to their right, a 6b and a 5+.

"We have a line straight up the middle of Condominium face. First pitch no harder than 6b, second pitch 7b/c mayber harder. Steep with lots of snappy holds!! The wall is probably 160m! Higher than forst thought. The bottom of all the main wall is dirty and loose! Almost had an incident yesterday, jumar rope wore through to core!"

I will publish more pictures tomorrow when Ed comes back from the island but it is good to see progress being made at last despite the obvious drawbacks.

We have had enquiries about people coming out to join the guys. We will welcome anyone who wishes to be a part of this project.

More to follow.....

1 comment:

  1. climbing's looking good, family commitments prevented my involvement with this shame ... sounds like a really good adventure.
    hope it all works out well for you ...


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