First Polish Ascents Of Master´s Edge

by Marek Chmielarski, Krzysztof Ciuba and Ian Carr Happy! (click to enlarge) In September Jerzy Stefanski and Piotr Wycislik made the first Polish ascents of The Masters Edge at Millstone in the Peak District. The Masters Edge E7 6c was first climbed by Ron Fawcett in December 1983 and is characterised by bold and technical arete climbing protected in part by tri-cams in shotholes, although these do not protect the upper reaches of the arete. At least one person has hit the ground falling from the top moves. Ian Carr reports: “We had been at Millstone for a few weekends on the trot (preparing for a trip to Yosemite!) and had seen the two Poles top-roping the Masters Edge. On the last weekend in September, in not too perfect conditions, with some wind and a deteriorating forecast the two lads both from the south of Poland and living and working in the UK, pulled the ropes and made consecutive ascents within 5 minutes of each other.Within half an hour it was raining. Both made very slick ascents, placing the tri-cams from the ground.” You can see a photo of Jerzy and Piotr´s ascents (photos by Krzysztof Ciuba) HERE