Tim Emmett adds E10 to Stennis Ford, Pembroke
Tim Emmett has made the first ascent of "Muy Caliente!" E10 6c at Stennis Ford, Pembroke
British climber Tim Emmett has just clocked in with the first ascent of his "Muy Caliente!" E10 6c at Stennis Ford, next to the famous Huntsman's Leap in Pembroke, Wales. The route climbs the first section of Ghost Train, then breaks off left into fierce, run-out territory and although Emmett had never toproped the route clean in one push, he decided that the time was ripe. He warmed up by soloing the classic Pleasure Dome E3 5c at Stennis Head, then went for it, placing what little gear there was on lead - read two nuts and a handful of threads.
Emmett is one of Britain's most talented all-rounders (in February he established Spray On, one of the hardest pure ice climbs in the world together with Will Gadd) and Muy Caliente is now his hardest route to date, after climbs such as "Meshuga" E9 6c, and the first ascent of "Chicama" E9 6c. He stated: "Compared to other first ascents it's definitely the hardest route I have done, it took me about a year to get it. It's brilliant ;-) Scary runout up to the Walnut 6 placement, the first time I tried it I wasn't ready and got really out of my depth. This time I nearly blew it on the runout, I really scared myself big time!"
Emmett concluded by saying: "Thanks to anyone who knew about it and didn't try and do it while I was recovering from injury ;-) It's only one minute from the car park - go for it!" Watch the video of Emmett attempting his Muy Caliente! at Stennis Ford, Pembroke in 2009.
Video by Bamboo Chicken Productions