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Matt Bush opens Aura (8b) at the Pipeline

Matt Bush opened Aura, at 8b), yesterday morning at the Pipeline.  The route is the leftmost line at the Pipeline.  Matt Reckons Aura is 8b, is and will be the easiest line at Pipeline.

The route (formally known as ‘Swank’) was bolted by Guy Holwill around 1996.  There are another 3 (hard) projects waiting for FA’s at the Pipeline.

Route 2 no longer exists in its original form as Matt removed the glued on jugs from the route (suggesting a possible 8b+/c).

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Aura (8b) at the Pipeline

 

 

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5 Responses to Matt Bush opens Aura (8b) at the Pipeline

  1. Guy Mar 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Nice work Matt! It is good to see such a great line being climbed. I was really unsure about where it should finish – what did you do?

  2. Matt Mar 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi Guy,

    It is a great climb, one of Montagu’s finest in a beautiful spot.

    Awesome vision! Thank you!

    I climbed it out over the top. In the first pic above, that would be slightly left of the final draw and then right.

    One down, three to go…

    Climb strong,
    Matt

  3. andrew p Mar 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    nice work matt! hopefully this will open the way for more lines, such a cool sweep of rock. Hey, looking at the 4th pic from the top, my eye tells me the king line is the daigonal, bottome left to top right..like a shouting stage on roids..what you think MAtt?

  4. Matt Mar 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Fully, thanks Andrew!

    The left to right through the middle of the wall will be the supa lineup.

    My guess is 20-25bolts, +-40m. Lets put it together!

    Matt

  5. Jeremy Colenso Mar 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Impressive!

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