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Weekend Whipper: “A Fool with Some Tools”

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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!

Watch last week’s Weekend Whipper: Desdichado (5.13+) Pendulum, Eldorado Canyon