Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Scotland: Helicoidal Flow, 8A+, Reiff

Dan Varian has climbed, amongst a haul of other excellent (slightly) lower graded problems, a fabulous hard new wall climb above the picturesque sandstone platforms of Reiff, on the North West coast of Scotland.

Helicoidal Flow (8A+) climbs an obvious and eye-catching seam feature to the right of the classic 7B/E7 (depending on whether you top out or not), Undertow on the 'Bouldering Cliff' described on page 168 of the newest edition on the 'Bouldering in Scotland' guidebook. The problem starts from sitting and makes a series of difficult moves and snatches direct up the deceptively steep wall to a horizontal fin-edge, before veering left to an obvious scooping pocket to finish. Dan rated this and the other problems here as "world class", going on to say "my day at Reiff ranks as one of my fave days out ever". High praise indeed.

Image: Dan on Helicoidal Flow. © Katie Mundy.

Video: There is a video featuring this and Dan's other new problems available to view on the Beastmaker Vimeo page: click here.

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