More new Orme routes from Robins

20 March, 2014
Pete Robins pulling round the first hard roof of The Runner Bean (8a+), Little Orme. © Ray Wood
Pete Robins undoubtedly deserves a campaign medal of some sorts for his continued efforts in adding new routes to the Ormes. This time he's been busy on the Little Orme, adding a fine looking 8a+ line over a large roof at The Allotment and an 8b first ascent, also a roof, on Craig y Don.

Pete said: "Pete Harrison showed me The Allotment and that roof hit me in the face as the best line there. Once I'd tried the moves through the upper roof, I knew it was a classic. Can't wait for others to do it."

But anyone looking to repeat Pete's Allotment route, The Runner Bean, is going to have to wait until after the 15th August, since Pete only just managed to complete the project before the birds returned and seasonal restrictions came into place.

Pete then turned his attention 'upstairs' to the unrestricted Craig y Don (upper). He became aware of the line through the large roof in the centre of the crag a couple of months back, while climbing Nimitz (E5) to get some photos to go with an interview for the March issue of Climber magazine.

Triton (8b) didn't take Pete long to redpoint and commented: "Yeah, it was quick but its absolutely my style being weird burly roof climbing. It finishes up Doenitz where you need to clip a few rusty pegs and maybe place a wire on easy ground (actually on Hydro)."

Both routes will make it into the forthcoming and eagerly awaited North Wales Limestone guide which is in the state of currently being checked before going to print.

Pete Robins said: "There are still some Orme projects to get stuck into but I'm really pleased with the quality of these routes."