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Arapiles newbe 1-May-2016 At 12:26:24 AM PeterW
It's funny. I've been climbing at Araps for 44 years, and heaps of people have sung the virtues of Arachnus for all of that time. Every so often I go back and do it again thinking maybe it will get better this time, but to be honest I don't think I've ever enjoyed it. I've always found it scary for the grade (even when I was leading low 20's), and I always have trouble finding the route in the middle bits. (Sure, you can climb almost anywhere there, but the grade can increase and the pro decrease surprisingly quickly if you wander off route.)

Conversely, I'm genuinely surprised about the lack of love for Bard. Yes, it wanders a bit by modern standards, but apart from the third pitch I think the second pitch traverse is also a classic. It's dead easy, unless you're tall, or unless you let your head get the better of you. :-) To be honest, for my money Bard epitomises the whole concept of "trad" climbing!

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