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#3503 - 12/27/01 01:52 PM White cliffs of dover
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does anyone know if there are climbs in the white cliffs of dover? i know there is a lot of history in that area so it might be closed to climbing.
thanks

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#3504 - 12/27/01 02:48 PM Re: White cliffs of dover
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Freak,

The White Cliffs of Dover can be climbed, but I'm not sure if they're legal or not.
While waiting for the ferry back to Calais, France, I checked them out and thought
it would be real fun to climb with ice tools. They are pure soft chalk. I think ice
would be safer.

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#3505 - 12/27/01 04:11 PM Re: White cliffs of dover
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Leave the chalk bag at home - that's what they're made of!
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#3506 - 12/27/01 06:15 PM Re: White cliffs of dover
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wow i had know idea. i guess ice would be safer. thanks bruno
one question how come the cliffs haven't eroded away?


Edited by freak (12/28/01 01:55 PM)

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#3507 - 12/28/01 02:21 PM Re: White cliffs of dover
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I think they are eroding, just don't know how fast.

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#3508 - 12/28/01 05:03 PM Re: White cliffs of dover [Re: jdw]
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The erosion is a desperate attempt by the Brits to put more seawater between themselves and the French!
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#3509 - 01/02/02 06:44 PM Re: White cliffs of dover [Re: GeeVee]
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I know the Brits have been for years "ice climbing" these cliffs with crampons and ice axes and home made pro. Long stakes that are pounded in. Some guy once told me about it and he also sayed wear heavy work gloves because there a shards of flint mixed in.


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#3510 - 01/03/02 04:16 PM Re: White cliffs of dover [Re: climberdave]
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http://www.lbell.demon.co.uk/chalk/dover.html

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#3511 - 01/03/02 05:38 PM Re: White cliffs of dover [Re: pda]
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Wow. Trust the Brits. OK, so now we have another rating system to contend with (C#) based on water ice grades (I'd have thought mixed ratings would have been a better basis). But what is a Warthog (I know about the ferocius African mammal, I mean in the context of chalk climbing)?
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#3512 - 01/03/02 06:38 PM Re: White cliffs of dover [Re: GeeVee]
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Old school drive-in/screw-out protection. Kind of like a long wedge-shaped spike with a biner eye that has a spiral, squarish, wide-pitch "thread" on it.

Do a search on google.com for: warthog ice climbing
There are a number of pages that mention them.

A picture in an on-line catalog is at:
http://www.needlesports.com/acatalog/Mail_Order_Ice_Screws_35.html

(scroll below the fold to see it)
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