Sellers´ True Blue at Blue Scar

by Tom Briggs Nic Sellers on the first ascent of True Blue, E7, Blue Scar Nic Sellers has climbed a new route on Blue Scar between Stairway to Heaven and The Great White. True Blue follows a surprisingly direct and independent line of sidepulls and undercuts on immaculate rock to join the top of Stairway. The crux start is protected by sideways wires, before a poor break where two Friends and a large wire are placed as quickly as possible. From here, sustained climbing with no more protection, leads for 30 feet to a final long slap for a good pocket and easier ground. With climbing that warrants F7c, Nic has offered an on-sight grade of solid E7 6b. The line was first spotted by Craig Smith, who belayed and cleanly seconded Nic on the route, perhaps wondering why he hadn´t kept the route to himself? Unlike the other three E7s at Blue (Stairway to Heaven, Blue Angel and Lord of the Dance) True Blue doesn´t utilise any pegs, threads or bolts, and all gear was placed on lead.