Gaz Parry climbs True North, F8c, Kilnsey
UKC News, Jul 2009
© Keith Sharples
Parting Shot for Parry as he heads for Spain
Gaz Parry has climbed the super-stamina F8c True North at Kilnsey, Yorkshire.
Commenting on his blog, Gaz describes his motivation for the line:
"A long time ago I witnessed a ground breaking fast ascent of True North. That day I had the pleasure of holding Ian Vickers' ropes as he worked the route and redpointed it on his first attempt all within 2 hours. Even by today's standards this would be considered a fast ascent of an 8c. Since then the seed had been sowed that one day I would clip the chains having repeated True North."
Gaz has attempted the route off and on for a few years, being thwarted by the weather and wet holds. This year Kilnsey was dry and Gaz "decided I would grind True North into submission".
True North is a long route on the North buttress of Kilnsey crag. The first half of the route (it has two lower-offs) is called Full Tilt (F8b) and was first climbed by Nic Sellers. The extension was first climbed by Tony Mitchell. The route is a huge sweep of grey limestone taking the impressive wall left of the famous F8a+ Urgent Action.
Having ticked pretty much everything on Yorkshire Limestone, Gaz is now re-locating to Spain to run his new business Epic Adventures, offering coaching and rock climbing holidays.