battles the savagely steep and unforgiving Big Issue (E9 6c; 5.13c R) on the majestic Bosherston Head at Pembroke in South Wales.
The route follows a brutally thin crack and solution pockets on the magnificent orange shield at Bosherston Head. Originally bolted by Pete Oxley, the route was stripped of its hardware before John Dunne’s headpoint first ascent back in 1996, and was so ahead of its time that it waited four years for a repeat, by Steve McClure. Many ascents to date have been done with a selection of in- situ gear compromising wires, one peg, and a thread. Even in this style, it’s still generally accepted that the E9 grade is warranted because of the scary 15- foot runout at half height and the fact the climbing goes on for 120 punishing feet.