/ Help, British climbers currently pushing boundries
I have my own opinions, but am interested in what the guys on UKC think?
Currently I have:
Macleod – All rounder-achieving high grades in all styles
Whittaker- offwidth climbing very impressive ticks bagged in the states
Randall-New routing in the islands and Whittaker’s partner in the state.
Buys-very hard repeats
Caff- as above.
there are obviously more.......
Now I know some may not class REPEATS as pushing boundries so what do you think??
Stevie H: a member of no less than *two* exclusive groups of 9a climbers: over-50s and Brits
Findlay - first female E9
Coxsey - first british woman to climb v12 and v13
Buys - which one? Naomi or Jordan? there are two, you know! Both oustanding climbers
Does pushing the boundaries of punterdom count?
Bear Grylls pushes the boundaries of credibility :-)
You may need to define "boundaries" (and spell it correctly).
Does "first female E9" count as a boundary for you?
This is actually a serious thread lol screw the nut!!
> Findlay - first female E9
> Coxsey - first british woman to climb v12 and v13
> Buys - which one? Naomi or Jordan? there are two, you know! Both oustanding climbers
I'm surprised you didn't pull him up about Whittaker. Pete or Katy?
> This is actually a serious thread lol screw the nut!!
One is lost. What nut is this thou speakest off?
Rather than just a list of top trumps, I would have thought a more interesting discussion would revolve around questions like this
Does specialising in repeating very hard things very quickly count as pushing boundaries? I think a convincing case could be made.
Personally I think the field of british climbing that is most genuinely pushing boundaries at the moment is bouldering, especially women's bouldering - eg. Shauna's recent ascent of Nuthin' but Sunshine.
Mina's ascent of Careless Torque is certainly notable. And I agree, a discussion about what 'pushing the boundaries 'actually means is probably more relevant and interesting than a simple list.
I chose to go for the British climbers because im British, i mean i could make it simple and say Ondra but that is what everyone would say, isnt it?
just seen you now tell us the question grrrr
apart from DM nothing in there on winter esp scottish
I can't begin to list the people doing wacky stuff
but people like Guy Robertson, Nick Bullock, Greg Boswell
and of course the 'sponsored heros' like Timmy Mallet on the spray on stuff in Canada
plus the alpinist stuff and alaska and gt ranges and .....
just an idea but trawl the news articles on here and have a think what will shape your talk
Why no mention of D Birkett?
I'm fairly sure only onsights count wrt boundary pushing.
In which case shouldn't Neil Dickson be featuring?
"Currently pushing boundaries" I think should mean the top climbers that are still improving and bettering their previous efforts. Otherwise it just means those who have 'done some boundary pushing' in the past which is an awful lot of folk!
I'm inclined to go with the boulder scene at the moment as the others are impressive hard repeats.
Maybe Leo H for exploratory climbing?
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