MasterBeta: The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich 26 – Taipan wall – Grampians

25 10 2011

Right so I’ve been slack updating my blog, I’ll update again soon. I’m off to Arapiles next week and will be there for a month so i should have some time on rest days and find something to rabble about.

But for now this is from the old whipper web site, thought I’d put it here for old times sake.

MasterBeta: The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich 26 Taipan wall Grampians
Technically 26 but with 4 no hands rests makes if feel a whole lot easier.

This is very in-depth beta. Read at your own risk!!!

Me on "The Invisable Fist" 26 Taipan Wall, Grampians
Me on the last move of “The Invisable Fist” 26 Taipan Wall, Grampians
Photo by Erik Nordfeldt

Section 1

The slab is pretty easy, A #5 rock or a #2 Camalot can be place down low on a long sling to make the moves up to the roof.

Once you have the 1st bolt on the lip clipped the sequence to get over the roof isn’t that bad. To start with keep your feet in the crack under the roof

LH1 Grab the best bit of the flake under the roof with your left hand
RH1 Cross over with your right hand to the hold beside the draw
LH2 left hand up and then right heal hook in previous LH1
RH2 right hand up to a jug
LH3 left hand up to a good pocket left foot left of draw
RH3 rock over left food and right up up to good edge
Then easily up slab to clip the 2nd bolt and a no hands rest

Section 2
RH1 Good crimp
LH1 Good side pull get left foot on
LH2 Rock over the left good and reach further back than you think to a good hold with your left hand
RH2 Easily traverse right to a big hold where you can place a #5 rock in a obvious placement
LH3 Grab the bottom of the big pocket with left hand and with a right hand jam you can shuffle your arse into a lying down no hands rest (make sure you are lying looking up) from here if the draws are already on with you right knee jammed in the back of the crack you can (awkwardly) lean out and clip B3

Section 3 (Crux)
LH1 with you right knee jammed in the back of the crack you can (awkwardly) lean out and grab the big pocket with you left hand reposition feet and if you haven’t yet put the draw on and clip B3
RH1 Average sloppy crimp
LH2 Average sloppy edge
RH2 Good edge
RH3 Match RH2 with left hand and move right hand out right to another good crimp
LH3 Get left heal hook on RH1 and rock over left food to a good 2 finger pocket
RH4 Alight sloppy hold
LH4 Get right foot up to RF4 and left foot up to RH2 and move to a average meat wrap
RH5 Average sloppy edge
LH5 Good crimp
RH6 Move left foot up to just beside RH4 and right foot up to RF5 and move up to good edge, clip b4 from here (possible to rest but a few more moves to jugs if pumped keep moving
LH6 Small 2 finger pocket
RH7 move feet up and move up to a average edge
LH7 JUG (pretty good for a quick rest)
RH8 Alright undercling
LH8 Move feet up and big move to jug
RH9 Heal hook LH7 and move up to jug (3 jugs here all good possible to rest if pumped)
LH9 Sloppy kinda just (keep moving)
RH10 get right foot on RH7 and rock over to jug (jug in back a little way)
LH10 Big good edge
RH11 Big good edge, sit down, ride the horse and clip B5

Section 4 (Lots of big holds, pumpy just keep moving)
LH1 Jug
RH1 Good crimp
LH2 Big Edge
RH2 Get feet up out right and rock over to jug (it’s a long way back over the hold)
RH3 Match RH2 and reach up to RH3 get feet up and clip B6 (you can shake out a little here but keep moving)
LH3 Match RH3 and move up to LH3 with right hand (good flat rail, further right is better) cross over so you have this with your left hand on LH3 (Confusing as it sounds pretty easy (using feet out right for these moves))
LH4 Get LH4 with right hand (nose jug) match
RH4 Get feet up and right and knee scum LH4 with right knee and rock over a long way to reach RH4
RH5 Match RH4 get feet up and long reach to nose jug
LH5 Pocket jug, you can get feet into a steaming position here and get a good rest
RH6 Average edge, Left hand here first and work feet along till you can get your right hand on this
LH6 Push on this edge with your left hand
RH7 Get feet sorted and cross over to a big hold with right hand, get a right heal hook and clip (you can get an average rest here by wrapping your right arms around the nose)
LH7 Get feet up and get good edge with left then right hand, heal hook on top of nose and rock over heal hook for a no hands rest.

Section 5
RH1 Good side pull crimp
LH1 Good Pocket
RH2 Get feet up and rock over to good hold
LH2 Get right hand up into jug undercling just above RH2 and left hand to good pocket LH2
LH3 Get left foot in pocket LH1 right foot heal hook RH1 and bump left hand up to big jug, heal hook RH2 and clip anchors

For me this climb was my first on Taipan wall and one of the best I have done ever in my climbing career. For me this was equally the hardest graded climb I have ever managed to do so far and am very thankful for the beta I was given so I decided to re-vamp it and give it to the world.

I am a hobbit so of course you will use different sequence. But after talking to a lot of people and seeing other climb it this is quite similar to how all the people climb it.

Note this beta is yours if you want it and if you don’t want to ruin the experience then you probably shouldn’t of read this far….

but if you want to push yourself to the next level then I hope this helps you.

Did I mention that the climb is 10 stars!!!!

And to top things off here is a video of of Jacqui Middleton on it.

Jacqui Middleton climbs one the classic Taipan Wall routes – The Invisible Fist (grade 26 – 5.12b) in the Grampians National Park, Australia. Filming by Michael Boniwell (chockstone.org) – editing by Neil Monteith

May the force be with you.

Jed Parkes.

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