Andy Marshall on the thing in the forest E7 6c.andy marshall, 16 Dec 2010© craig hiller / hillerscapes

'The Thing in the Forest' is a short E7 6c in the Cooley Mountains, Co. Louth, Ireland.It has just seen its second ascent at the hands of Andy Marshall.The route, first climbed by Ricky Bell (ground-up first ascent – UKC News) a year ago, has a boulder problem start which leads to good gear a little under half height with the top moves being protected by two ?good? skyhooks.Marshall's ascent was in the same style – ground up with bouldering pads.Commenting on his ascent, Marshall said:“Last year I tried to repeat the line straight after Ricky but got caught out being too pumped to finish it off -falling from its last move onto the two skyhooks, to my very good fortune they held and I scampered off vowing to return. Eventually I did taking a couple of trips back including a full day digging snow off the crag and putting up a tarp last week with the hope of limiting the seepage when the thaw came, it worked a little but still the upper holds were damp.Luckily the holds that were wet were the better ones and the climb went smoothly enough.This is a great find in a route relatively safe with really intricate climbing at the start to bold moves at the top – a wee gem.“RELATED VIDEO: Ricky Bell making the first ascent of The Thing in the ForestPHOTOS: Andy Marshall on The Thing in the Forest

Andy Marshall on the thing in the forest E7 6c.andy marshall, 16 Dec 2010© craig hiller / hillerscapes
video still of the thing in the forest.andy marshall, 16 Dec 2010© craig hiller / hillerscapes
desperate times call for a …tarp.andy marshall, 16 Dec 2010© craig hiller / hillerscapes

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