Nick Bullock climbs The Frumious Bandersnatch at Rhoscolyn
The video of Nick Bullock making the first ascent of The Frumious Bandersnatch (E7 6c) at Rhoscolyn, North Wales.
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!
This is how one of the most famous British poems begins, written by Lewis Carroll in 1872 for "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", the sequel to the timeless classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Little did Carroll know that in 1984 the Jubjub bird was going to be praised as one of the finest rock climbs in North Wales, and that The frumious Bandersnatch would be climbed by eclectic British alpinist Nick Bullock in August 2011. Given the warning in Jabberwocky, it comes as no surprise that both climbs are deemed dangerous and are best avoided. Or who knows, perhaps during one of her many adventures Alice even explored the Rhoscolyn sea cliff on the island of Anglesey...?
- Gogarth, rock climbing in Wales