Last weekend Andy Turner, Steve Ashworth and Viv Scott made an impressive ascent of the often eyed crack on the right wall of Number 3 Gully on Ben Nevis. Initially it seemed that the trio were simple content with dispatching the superb line in perfect style too even offer a grade. However, after a few days reflection and a comparison to Dave Mcleod?s IX,9 in the Southern Highlands they feel happy to offer a grade of X,10.
|Andy Turner leading pitch 2 of ´The Secret´, Ben Nevis. Steve Ashworth and Viv Scott belaying. Many thanks to Sam Loveday for use of this photo.|
Commenting on the first X,10 Simon Richardson, author of the SMC Ben Nevis guidebook, says “Once in a while in sport, the bar is significantly raised. These events are rare, but this is such a moment.”Check out the YouTube video here Source Rob Javis / Highland Guides and UKClimbing