Monday 21 September 2020

Scoliosis - Significant New Hard Climb at High Rocks Annexe

Rhys Whitehouse has made a new and significant ascent of Scoliosis at High Rocks Annexe on the 11th September 2020. The route curves up the blank face to the left of the route Purgatory and has for many years been eyed up as a next generation sandstone climb. It took Rhys two years to finally make the ascent which is described as being impossible for the short, requiring balance and a hard pull to a sloper. Respectfully done on a top rope, and given the sandstone french grade of 8a+ (UK 7a), this has given High Rocks Annexe its hardest independent route to date. There are only a handful of climbs of this grade currently. One climb could be potentially harder, which is Peter Wycislik's 'Alone' at Eridge, though the rumoured grade of French 8b is yet to be confirmed.  

Rhys has expressed a desire to return to climb the route above mats to gain the high ball tick which he expects is in the region of font 7C+/8A.

Remember if you head to High Rocks Annexe, ensure you obtain permission as noted on the BMC RAD and all guidebooks. Failure to do so will jeopardise future access.