/ Scottish women's sport climbing

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JLS on 20 Oct 2013
So... Names for a top ten list.

Which Scottish women have climbed F7c or harder outdoors?

Names I can think of at F8a...

Natilie Berry F8a+
Lynne Malcolm F8a

A few at F7c+ I think...

Jules Pearson
Amanda Lyons
Jo Lucas

Who else should be on the list (past and present)?

Did the likes of April Marr and Jo George get the 8a tick?

There are a few good kids about the walls but I'm not sure how they are getting on outdoors.


iccle_bully - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Vicky Mayers is climbing really well, she tends to do trad so not sure what she's done in sport.

Jen Randell should be mentioned too, partly for her own climbing (mainly a boulderer but does other stuff too) but also for the fact that she climbs on rock A LOT, and makes brilliant films that inspire and put across a female perspective on climbing.
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to iccle_bully:

Yeah, Vichy's name did occur to me after I'd posted. I've seen her climbing on a wet F7b very comfortably so I'm guessing she has probably climbed a good bit harder.

I've not seen Jen on much sport so i'm not sure where her top grade is at.
Does she have a Scottish passport? :)

There does seem to be a few Scottish women quietly climbing away on the harder sport climbs. I think their efforts deserve a bit of recognision, god knows being a Scottish based sport climber isn't easy.

AJM - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Nat has done 8b - did SatanX at Deverse in Gorges du Loup last year
Jamie B - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

> I think their efforts deserve a bit of recognision, god knows being a Scottish based sport climber isn't easy.

Yes, if only there were more sports routes in the central belt, possibly close to indoor training facilities.... *Gets coat*

JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to Jamie B:

:)
iccle_bully - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

I ask this because I'm curious, not to be deliberately provocative or a troll...

Why are you asking only about Sport?
Natalie feather - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:
Vicki climbed 7C in Ceuse last summer
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to iccle_bully:

It's just sport is what most intersts me in my own climbing.

Probably cause for its own thread but I hear of even less hard trad done by Scottish women. Certainly little get mensioned in the climbing media.
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to Natalie feather:

So...

Natilie Berry F8b
Lynne Malcolm F8a
Jules Pearson F7c+
Amanda Lyons F7c+
Jo Lucas F7c+
Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
Viki Mayes F7c

Jen Randell ?
April Marr ?
Jo George ?

Any others? What about you? You done F7c yet?
iccle_bully - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLs:

Thanks. Whilst it is good to look at something that specifically interests you, I think there is still something to learn from looking at people climbing other disciplines. Either from their training (Jackie Sequeira is a beast who has gained so much strength over the last couple of years) from observing how they move (Helen Cassidy is very fluid), their enthusiasm (Natalie Feather climbing through pregnancy and after having a child) etc. It seems to me that there are a lot of really psyched and strong females doing some really exciting stuff in Scotland along side those that aren't climbing 8b.

Natalie feather - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:
I'm nae scottish pal. I was dogging up the 7a's in Frankenjura this summer, does that count?!

7c is coming John, just need to find the time...
iccle_bully - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Jen flashed Font 7a last week...
iccle_bully - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to iccle_bully:

Sorry - that should have said along side those that ARE climbing 8b!
dwisniewski - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: Tess Fryer? Silent NW beast, saw her pathing 7b+ at Am Fasgadh pretty sure she has done harder.
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to Natalie feather:

>"I'm nae scottish pal."

I've had a word with Alex Salmond, it's ok, your in!
Natalie feather - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Great that's a weight off my mind
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Correction...

Top Ten

1 Natilie Berry F8b
2 Lynne Malcolm F8a
=3 Jules Pearson F7c+
=3 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=3 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=6 Jo Lucas F7c
=6 Viki Mayes F7c
8 ?
9 ?
10 ?

Tess Fryer ?
Jen Randell ?
April Marr ?
Jo George ?
Ean T - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to dwisniewski:
> (In reply to JLS) Tess Fryer? Silent NW beast, saw her pathing 7b+ at Am Fasgadh pretty sure she has done harder.

7c, but not silently.
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to Ean T:

Cheers.

Correction...

Top Ten

1 Natilie Berry F8b
2 Lynne Malcolm F8a
=3 Jules Pearson F7c+
=3 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=3 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=6 Jo Lucas F7c
=6 Viki Mayes F7c
=6 Tess Fryer F7c
9 ?
10 ?

Jen Randell ?
April Marr ?
Jo George ?
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Stuart S - on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

I'm pretty sure that April did Silk Purse and Jo did Tribeswoman back in the 90s, so that's a 7c+ tick for both of them.
JLS on 21 Oct 2013
In reply to Stuart S:

Cheers.

Updated Top Ten

1 Natilie Berry F8b
2 Lynne Malcolm F8a
=3 April Marr F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=3 Jo George F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=3 Jules Pearson F7c+
=3 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=3 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=8 Jo Lucas F7c
=8 Viki Mayes F7c
=8 Tess Fryer F7c
sparkass - on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Scottish passport?
niall mcnair - on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:
I belayed April on Fated Path in 2001. It's worth stating that Silk Purse would get 8a if it was somewhere in Spain or Kalymnos for example...so you could argue that April and Jo got a "Holiday 8a" tick back in the day...
Sonya Mc on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: My daughter (Rebekah Drummond)from Dundee, climbed a 7c+ at Ceuse recently, so you can add her to your list. Another young girl Eleanor Hopkins from Edinburgh has climbed 7c at Ceuse.
JLS on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to Sonya Mc:

Cool !!! I was sure the list was missing a few youngsters. We might even get to a top twenty by the time all the F7c's are added...

Updated Top Twelve

1 Natilie Berry F8b
2 Lynne Malcolm F8a
=3 April Marr F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=3 Jo George F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=3 Jules Pearson F7c+
=3 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=3 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=3 Rebekah Drummond F7c+
=9 Jo Lucas F7c
=9 Viki Mayes F7c
=9 Tess Fryer F7c
=9 Eleanor Hopkins F7c
Sonya Mc on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: There's a few youngsters just back from a trip to Kaly but not sure if any of the lasses managed 7c or not.
JLS on 22 Oct 2013
In reply to niall mcnair:

It does seem to have taken a while for the standards April and Jo set to be regained but I'd say things are looking very bright now.
Scott K - on 25 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: We are still in Kalymnos. Rebecca Kinghorn ( our daughter) climbed Priapus 7c last week and got Dani Boy 8a today. Last week, 2 of the young girls got a 7b+ so definitely some strong Scottish females coming through.
Sonya Mc on 25 Oct 2013
In reply to Scott K: was just looking to see if anyone had updated this with Rebbeca's ascent :D Massive well done to Rebecca, amazing! 8b next!
JLS on 25 Oct 2013
In reply to Scott K:

Very impressive.

Updated Top Thirteen!

1 Natilie Berry F8b
=2 Lynne Malcolm F8a
=2 Rebecca Kinghorn F8a
=4 April Marr F7c+ (back in the 90s/00s)
=4 Jo George F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=4 Jules Pearson F7c+
=4 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=4 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=4 Rebekah Drummond F7c+
=10 Jo Lucas F7c
=10 Viki Mayes F7c
=10 Tess Fryer F7c
=10 Eleanor Hopkins F7c
mgeek - on 28 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: rachel carr has climbed 7c. jessicca mackaskey has also climbed at least 7c. Think sadie renwick must have climbed around this grade in her youth too.
mgeek - on 28 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS: also think pauline savage climbed 8b+ back in the day.
JLS on 29 Oct 2013
In reply to mgeek:

An F8b+ would certainly shake up the list, Neil. Who would know, to confirm this?

I figured Sadie Renwick should appear on the list but her name escaped me when I first posted.

Thanks.
Fraser on 29 Oct 2013
In reply to mgeek:

Was that a tongue in cheek reference to 'the tattooed one', formerly of the Ibrox parish?!
niall mcnair - on 29 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:
Ahhh yes I remember wee Pauline, she threw me onto a tent in Buoux when i tried to kiss her... ;)
JLS on 30 Oct 2013
In reply to JLS:

Top One Million (with links)

1 Natilie Berry F8b http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67376
=2 Lynne Malcolm F8a http://alancassidyclimbing.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/siurana-end-of-a-dream/
=2 Rebecca Kinghorn F8a http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68459
=4 April Marr F7c+ (back in the 90s/00s)
=4 Jo George F7c+ (back in the 90s)
=4 Jules Pearson F7c+
=4 Amanda Lyons F7c+
=4 Mhairi Thorburn F7c+
=4 Rebekah Drummond F7c+
=10 Jo Lucas F7c
=10 Viki Mayes F7c
=10 Tess Fryer F7c
=10 Eleanor Hopkins F7c

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