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Welsh Low's Gully 2000

Although Low's Gully on Mount Kinabalu, 4,101m, received its first complete descent a few years ago, all attempts to climb the 750m E face had so far failed. However when this team arrived, they found that a group of Spanish climbers were just completing a 40-day first ascent of a route which they called 'The Alchemist'' Lacking the luxury of such a time scale, the Brits set off to reduce this considerably, and at the same time to climb a new route. Compact granite at the base of the wall forced them to follow the Spanish route for the first 100m, but above this they branched off onto their own, and despite rain varying from heavy to torrential they topped out in 15 days on a 19-pitch route which they called 'The Crucible' (A4 E4 6A).

March - April 2000
Jerry Gore with Steve Long, Louise Thomas and Mike Turner

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