Visiting American climbers Kevin Jorgeson, Matt Segal and Alex Honnold have had an amazing gritstone trip. They've ticked some classics, shook a few grade myths and pushed gritstone climbing to the limit.
Some (but not all) notable ascents and events:
Interestingly Kevin notes in his blog that:
"I was super impressed with the difficulty and boldness of Equilibrium. After spending over 7 days working it, I still felt nowhere near ready to lead it. For my body, it has the hardest physical moves of anything I tried on the trip, with certain ground fall from the move I ripped my finger open on. To me, it represents E10."
Equilibrium was first climbed by Sheffield strong-man Neil Bentley in February of 2000, and was first top-roped by Ben Moon back in 1993 at a French grade of F8b+. Repeats have been from the super talented Neil Gresham, and man of the moment, James Pearson. In light of recent grading speculation, it is worth noting that James Pearson made a fast ascent of Equilibrium (over four days) aged just 19, and he is, as John Dunne put it, "the real deal".
UKC have a series of three films featuring Alex, Matt and Kevin in action on the grit.
We will be publishing Film 2 at 9am tomorrow (Thursday) morning and film 3 at 9am on Friday morning.
Watch the first film - The Promise: