Robbie Phillips makes the first ascent of a splitter hand crack that he found under a bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland. “Who needs Indian Creek or Joshua Tree when you have first ascents like this hiding in the city?” he said.
To protect the 5.12-ish roof crack, Phillips had to use hexes because the reverse tapper of the crack forced cams to walk. This looks like one of the coolest urban cracks ever climbed.
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Sometimes you find adventure in the most unlikely of places 🧗 ⠀ This morning I took a wrong turn walking to where I had parked my van 🚐 I ended up walking along the Edinburgh union canal and stumbled across what looked like a perfect hand crack breaching the roof!!! ⠀ A few facebook messages later and I was joined by my buddy @imculann 🇮🇪 alongside an extra cam to see how far we could get along it 😅 Turns out more were needed, so I returned later in the night with the aid of more cams and two other partners! ⠀ But the cams ripped twice!!! 😂 And I almost went for a swim… 🏊♂️ but turns out hexes are BOMBER!!! So tomorrow morning I’m returning to send with the help of more hexes 😝 ⠀ Wish me luck folks! ⠀ #CrackIsBack #CrackClimbing #RoofClimbing #Bridge #Edinburgh #UnionCanal #scotland #climb #climber #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #adventure #urbanadventure #urbanclimb #adventuretime