Godzilla (IX,8) - A monster outing

16 March, 2011
Guy Robertson following the poorly protected second pitch of Godzilla (IX,8), Beinn Bhan. © Nick Bullock

Nick Bullock is finding plenty to write about of late on his new look blog. Not long back from an international ice climbing meet in Lofoten he joined forces at the start of this week with Pete Benson and Guy Robertson to add a major line to Giant's Wall, Beinn Bhan - described by Martin Moran as "Britain's biggest and baddest winter cliff."

Taunted by Pete Benson over the phone for being a "raving English fairy" if he didn't come along on the outing, together with being unable to bear the thought of missing out on a major new route, Nick had little option but to head north from Llanberis on an 11 hour solo drive to Applecross.

The effort paid off though and the trio came away with a direct start to The Godfather (VIII,8), joining it for its final pitches. Describing the route over at Scottishwinter.com, Guy "didn't think it'd go on-sight as it takes in some steep and complex territory."

After eleven hours on the four new pitches together with the last two of The Godfather, Godzilla (IX,8) was in the bag - individual technical pitch grades of 8,8,8,7,8,8. Guy was reported as saying: "It's undoubtedly one of the best lines either of the three of us have done anywhere."

You can read Nick's account of the adventure or at least what led up to it over at his new blog. This time he has got one where the bandwidth isn't exceeded most of the time.