Some breaking news. Adrian Berry, editor of planetFear has climbed a direct finish to Sling Shot at Froggatt. The route first climbs Sling Shot, before taking the sustained headwall directly above. Just spoken to Adrian. With four bouldering mats in place he solo´d Slingshot, the Font 8a highball boulder problem (first climbed by Jerry Moffatt 1988 on a top rope, and then solo´d by Mo Overfield in 2001) to a reasonable sized ledge. There he had his harness thrown up to him with ropes and gear attached, placed a few nuts and climbed the thin headwall, placing a WC size two zero for the 6c/F7c+ crux moves. When I asked him how it was he simply said ´Pretty Gripping…. I suppose´. He´d been struggling for a month or so to keep up the fitness required for Slingshot and get good conditions on the upper wall which is prone to seeping, but yesterday found a new sequence which made Slingshot that bit easier. The route is as yet un-named, but he reckons it is E10 which puts it in the same group as Neil Bentley´s Equilibrium (recently repeated by Neil Gresham), and potentially John Arran´s Dr Dolittle which he controversially graded H9 as a headpoint grade and subsequently upgraded to E10 in the Rockfax grit guide. Here´s an interesting quote from the Froggatt guide: Paul Mitchell also solved a last great problem with his difficult Slideshow, which without side trunners and linked with as solo ascent of Moffat´s desperate toprope problem, Slingshot, could be gtitstones first E10. Makes you think doesn´t it. Note that Slideshow was climbed in the same year as Slingshot and graded E5 6c with a side runner. Good effort Adrian.
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