/ Bodyweight and highest grade climbed.

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Sebastian Fontleroy - on 30 Jan 2013
This has probably been done before although i did a quick search and nothing came up. Just wondering what the best grade climbed by the heaviest climber is? Has a 15 stoner ever broken into the 8a league? I'm thinking more sport and trad although be interested to hear all accomplishments.


My personal best is VS trad and 6b sport at 15 stone. That puts me over the 14st 4 pound mark so i would be a heavyweight in the boxing ring!
Cameron94 on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: 60ish kg and 7a indoor and vs.
John_Hat - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

I strongly suspect John Dunne will occupy his own little part of the graph....
alooker - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: 181cm and around 70kg - HVS, 7a indoors

To be honest though I think it's my head that holds me back outdoors, looking to rectify that starting this weekend!
mkean - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
Fatty here sneaking in with an early lead 17stone and 7a indoors, E1.5 trad, 6c+ sport and v4 bouldering.

I've dropped a stone and the grades are pretty much the same :-(
Richard Alderton - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

I'm sure it's been done before, but 95kg

VS & F6b outdoors, F6c indoors.

F6c+ on top rope
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to mkean:
> (In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy)
> Fatty here sneaking in with an early lead 17stone and 7a indoors, E1.5 trad, 6c+ sport and v4 bouldering.
>
> I've dropped a stone and the grades are pretty much the same :-(


Good stuff i was waiting for a 7a to come in!
mkean - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
Mitigating circumstances should probably be disclosed:

I'm lanky not fat, the 7as were mostly technical and reachy bridging or slabs :-)
Howardw1968 - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to alooker:
> To be honest though I think it's my head that holds me back outdoors, looking to rectify that starting this weekend!

Are you planning to chop it off?
;)
mkean - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Howardw1968:
Or maybe getting a longer neck?
The Ivanator - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: Around 16st and 6ft, best onsight leads outside are E1 5b and F6b, have followed harder stuff cleanly.
alooker - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Howardw1968: dunno if that'd help, there's not much up there
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to mkean:
> (In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy)
> Mitigating circumstances should probably be disclosed:
>
> I'm lanky not fat, the 7as were mostly technical and reachy bridging or slabs :-)

They all count.

Tyler - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian

> Has a 15 stoner ever broken into the 8a league?

Yes

Sebastian Fontleroy - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Tyler:

Respect. Any chance of any lessons?
Mark Westerman - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Tyler:
> In reply to Sebastian
>
> [...]
>
> Yes

you've never been 15 stone. More like 16.
henwardian - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: 15 stone. F7c redpoint and E5 on sight.

tried a couple of F8a routes where I could do all the moves but never quite managed to string it all together for a redpoint. Convinced that F8a will be a formality when I put in a little more time at it later this year though (infact, I see no reason I couldn't get F8b with a lot of hard work).
I might shed a bit of weight and be 14.5 stone by the time I do F8 though.
DanielJ - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
is 15 stone like 90kg? If so I also have the dubious pleasure to announce im in that club as well. I guess finger strenght to weight ratio is really bad as well as technique and footwork ( due to the reach of taller guys, they can usually skip bad holds and footholds) At least thats mainly why I suck at climbing.

Im also interested, whats Tylers secret? Fingerboard and/or talent?
Tom Last - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to mkean:

You're a big guy Mike but you never struck me as fat, except perhaps that time I nearly topped out at Harlow - whilst belaying you ;)
aretherenoneleft on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: 14 stone exactly and i've bouldered 7c.
Tiberius - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to John_Hat:
> I strongly suspect John Dunne will occupy his own little part of the graph....

I don't think he's even on the graph :)
Offwidth - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Tiberius:

Calm down children. He's just big by legend, and in any case has a famous ability to train down to his 'fighting weight': there are much bigger blokes out there who have climbed hard.
Dom Whillans on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
180cm, 100kg, regular E2 and F6b, well into my 30s.
Si dH - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Dom Whillans:
5ft11, 11 stone 2 (71 kg?), f7c , e3, ft7a/+
Tiberius - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Offwidth:
> ...He's just big by legend, and in any case has a famous ability to train down to his 'fighting weight': there are much bigger blokes out there who have climbed hard.

You sure? He looks distinctly 'chunky' to me :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WO3KNHCZsA


...yes, great climber, I used to watch him in his heyday
Seb Lee on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: weight about 14st8 and top lead is a few 7a's outdoors. like mentioned earlier, its either a bolted boulder problem, or something technical where i can bridge. basically, I'm quite strong but have no stamina.

E2 (wings of unreason tho...)
and bouldered v4 outdoors but have done v5 indoors.

pec on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: As already mentioned, John Dunne, "no stranger to the buffet queue" (can't remember where that quote comes from but its worth repeating), can't have been far short of 15st and has E9 7a's and at least F8b's to his name, possibly harder.
mrchewy - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to pec: I thought he had some 8c+ to his name somewhere in Spain?
JamButty - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy: E3 and F6c, when I did em I was 11 stone 70Kg
Trangia - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

12 stone 3oz.

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VS4b - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Trangia:
At 21 st hs 4c
At 20 st Plenty of vs routes and an hvs 5a
At 17.5ish lead e1 5a
John_Hat - on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Offwidth:
> (In reply to Tiberius)
>
> Calm down children. He's just big by legend, and in any case has a famous ability to train down to his 'fighting weight': there are much bigger blokes out there who have climbed hard.

I've met him several times, he may be big by legend, but the legend does rather have a basis in solid fact.

Tim Wager (of Wagerholds, used at many climbing centres) I've belayed at a point where he was, if I recall, about 22-23 stone. He used to boulder English 6b at that point.

http://www.wagerholds.com/img/thecrew/Prob4.JPG

By the way, I know he doesn't look that big, but he's well over 6ft...
TryfAndy on 31 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:

6ft, 14stone, climb up to 6b. Then again, I'm not great climber anyway.

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