bat­tles the sav­agely steep and un­for­giv­ing Big Is­sue (E9 6c; 5.13c R) on the ma­jes­tic Bosh­er­ston Head at Pem­broke in South Wales.

Climbing - - FACES -

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.

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