/ NEWS: Multiple 8b+ Redpoints for Ethan Walker
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68243
No kneepad for Mecca?
Is that allowed?
Congratulations mate! Nice that all your effort and awesome results have been recognised like this - keep going. Do you have your eye on any 8cs?
Keep it up geezer, maybe see you in El Chorro this winter......
Would someone mind explaining what a "rig" is? Thanks
I think Dave that its just what the cool kids today use instead of "route"
> I think Dave that its just what the cool kids today use instead of "route"
If by cool kids you mean American kids, then yes. It's an Americanism.
Yes, I know.
is this news? it's a good effort but not really high national standard anymore
One on their own probably isn't but at a quick count i make it 9 routes of 8a+ - 8b+ in a month or so, the timescales aren't quite clear.
Pretty good going and i don't think there are many operating at that level in the UK at the moment.
Ethan is sponsored though so has more of an incentive to highlight these things than others might do.
> Would someone mind explaining what a "rig" is? Thanks
He is referring to the way Kris thoughtfully re-equipped (re-rigged) the route for clipping and/or stripping.
Oh, I see. Is he American? "Ethan" sounds like an American name to me, but maybe that's just because I associate it with Pringle.
Can a trad route be a "rig" or is trad climbing not cool enough?!
> Ethan is sponsored though so has more of an incentive to highlight these things than others might do.
You know you've hit the big time when your sponsorship portfolo features more than one type of energy bar!
He isn't, no.
As for trad, I've no idea!
Great effort mate!! It's great to see you proving what you are really capable of on British rock when a bit of rare decent weather comes along.
This is focussed totally on sport but I know Ethan is a very well-rounded rock climber with E8 trad and V12 boulders to his name - not bad for someone who was trying to qualify for the British JUNIOR team only a year ago!
Not to mention being one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. I hope to see your name crop up more and more! :)
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