Trip Report – Bell 7 May 2022
A group of 8 ventured into the icy Bell Supercrag and for many this was their first visit to this sport climbing paradise. Temperature with strong wind chill was -2.1 to 1.4 degrees with gusts of 57km/h which was not all that pleasant, but with recent rainy months it was just great to be in the mountains.
We started the day at the Jean Jaures Wall with the popular long climbs Fly Fury (19) and Slip, Snap, Splash (18). The funky corner/arete route The Panadol Factory (18) was a nice climb but very hard to clean and belay on top rope due to the multiple ledges and edges that cause significant rope drag. Den, Anthony and Adrian also cleanly led La Femme Flic (20) which is the standout climb here. All these routes need a 60 metre rope to get back to the ground.
Later we headed to Duck Wall which was better protected from the wind and a nice sunny afternoon. Duck Tits (21) was popular with the group as some of us warmed down on the shorter Gosling (18) and Rabbit Season, Duck Season (16).