Weekend Whipper: "A Fool with Some Tools"
Michael Schoebitz comes within inches of the ground after pinging off Sub Rosa (M10) at Masson Lees Quarry, Peak District, U.K.
"With the start of the British winter-climbing season upon us, a few mates and I started drytooling again to get fit for the real deal!" Schoebitz says.
"Normally we just run laps on the few easy routes, but this time I decided to have a go at the M10 knowing full well that I would never manage it."
Sub Rosa follows a roof crack (with drilled slots) and never rises more than three- to four-meters above the ground, Schoebitz explains. "Never
having really used a figure-4's or figure-9's in anger before, it wasn’t long before I was too pumped to clip the next bolt. I tried to shake out before
giving clipping another go, but this time had moved my hand too far along the axe," he says. "It pinged out without warning and before I knew it I
was dangling a few inches off the ground like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible!
"Thanks to my belayer I was able to walk away with nothing more than a good fright!"
Happy Friday and stay safe out there this weekend!
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