Overlord and The Clown

Posted by George Ullrich
Monday 29th June 2009

I first saw Overlord at least 3 if not 4 years ago, when I was down in North Wales climbing with Oz, my main climbing partner at the time. In fact if i hadn't have climbed with Oz, I don't think my climbing would have progressed so much in such a short amount of time.      

When I topped out on Lord of the Flies after falling off the very last move. (At the time it was the hardest route I had tried) I met Caff, who was stripping the gear out of Overlord which must have been after a unsucesseful ground up attempt. 

And for some reason since then, this route was stuck in my head... 

The Route was first climbed by Steve Mayers in 1992, which he graded E7. Then Caff repeated it a couple of years ago and suggested a grade of E8 after he had to resort to top rope inspection (which must have been soon after I saw him).


Then I must have snatched the 3rd ascent. 

And I hear that Ioan Doyle just completed it as well!

Its pretty amazing that it took almost 15 years to get a second ascent! 




(pictures taken by Sam Farnsworth) 

Later that week I on-sighted The Clown E7 6b at North stack Gogarth.   

(picture taken by Dave gill)

I have a feeling that I might have finished up the slightly harder direct finish of Long run.

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