Pics and details of Birkett and Bell new Routes Last week we reported that Dave Birkett had climbed a new E9 6c (Return Of The King) on Scafell in the Lakes, and that Ricky Bell had established a new E8 6c on Fairhead in Northern Ireland. Alastair Lee was on hand to film Dave on his ascent and has made a video available on his website. There are also a few pictures. Dave Birkett on ´Return of the King´, E9 6c Picture courtesy of Posing Productions Meanwhile here is some info from Ricky about his new route: „Hey sorry so late reply. Was down in the Burren climbing for the week. Weather was awesome. Did a new E7 deep water solo and drunk lots of guiness in the fiddley dee pubs down there. Here´s a description of the line at the head. A Bad Skin Day E8 6c *** 31/5/06 R Bell, A MarshalAn intimidating line that climbs the wall right of Equinox. Traverse right from the belay of Equinox to a questionable peg. Keep going towards the arête until your all by yourself, then small holds lead to a big crimp and another peg. Happy days! Make big moves up the white streak moving right to the top. (moves were practised on abseil)“ Ricky Bell all alone on the first ascent of A Bad Skin Day E8 6c ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–