Robins earns The Pink Star (8c+)

10 August, 2014
Pete Robins on the first ascent of The Pink Star (8c+), The Diamond, Little Orme. © Ray Wood

Pete Robins has opened his 'Diamond account' for this season in fine style; with the first ascent of probably the most obvious line at the Little Orme crag. The Pink Star (8c+) follows the rising left-to-right crack through the arching steepness at the right hand-side of the cliff. Standing underneath the line it appears more as a horizontal roof.

For Pete the route was unfinished business from last year and with the bird restrictions lifted it didn't take him long to get to the point where he'd left off: falling from the relatively easier but big move for a jug near the end. The route suits 'magic heels' Robins as it has heel hooks aplenty, particularly for the left foot.

Pete said: "I had ten or more sessions on it last year. It's really tenuous & I've failed so many times because a heel has popped but today conditions were great & I was so psyched. I'm off to Hong Kong for a week on Tuesday morning so was really keen to get it done so I didn't obsess about it while I was away."

Last August Pete added The Pink Panther to The Diamond, an 8b+ that climbs directly up from the start of The Waiting Game to join the crack half-way along it, finishing as for The Pink Star.

He added: "Although Pink Star is the obvious line and looks easier than Pink Panther that isn't the case. The Pink Star breaks down into a Font 7B start with a 8A middle section and another 7B to finish."

Pete said: "I love this crag. It has loads of hard climbing, is really beautiful and there's rarely anyone here. Despite it's reputation for fickle conditions I reckon that in five years of coming here there's only been a handful of times I've come away not being able to make progress on a project because of conditions. The wind makes a huge difference and it's definitely better with a breeze at the crag."

Pete Robins on the middle section of The Pink Star (8c+) during an earlier redpoint attempt. © Ray Wood
Footnote: The Pink Star is a diamond which originally sold for a record breaking $83 million (£40 million) at auction last November but the winner subsequently couldn't afford to pay for it.