James Pearson - F8b Onsight & E7/8 in Morocco

by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Jan/2011
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+James Pearson onsighting Photoshot (F8b) in Margalef, Spain, 169 kb
James Pearson onsighting Photoshot (F8b) in Margalef, Spain
UKC News, Jan 2011
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+James Pearson cleaning a new route on the granite outcrops of Tafroute, Morocco, 198 kb
James Pearson cleaning a new route on the granite outcrops of Tafroute, Morocco
UKC News, Jan 2011
© James Pearson Collection
James Pearson is currently in Tafroute in Morocco.

Pearson, on good form after a recent trip to Spain (where he onsighted the short and steep F8b Photoshot, at Margalef - see photo above), is hitting the granite outcrops around Tafroute and has flashed two F8b routes (both put up by Dani Andrada about a decade ago when a Spanish team developed a bunch of routes in the area) and has just added a new E7/8 7a trad route.

James commented:

"The [8b routes I flashed] are in Morocco and are both from Andrada, and are fairly bouldery, very technical with small feet...

...Over the last few days I have begun to open up new trad routes, 3 routes so far, up to 7c, all trad, [plus] today I made (what I think!) is the FA of the hardest trad route in the area.  Not sure on the grade yet, but around E7/8 7a."

Tafroute is home to the famous 'painted boulders' and is swamped with granite crags and boulders. It also sits at the base of countless large quartzite mountain crags, likened to a desert Gogarth. The granite, whilst visually superb, is actually of quite poor quality in most areas, making hard climbing and bouldering not as easy to find as it may first appear.

British climbers have been extremely active in developing the area, but mainly on the mountain routes at a more reasonable grade spread. Teams have included the legendary climbers Joe Brown and Chris Bonnington.

You can read more about the quartzite climbing in this UKC Article.

We hope to have full details from James when he gets back from his trip.


+Sunrise on the granite of Tafroute, with Napolean's Cap in the centre., 190 kb
Sunrise on the granite of Tafroute, with Napolean's Cap in the centre.
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor, Jan 2011
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Photo Gallery - James Pearson - Tafroute:

+James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco, 74 kb
James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco
UKC News, Jan 2011
© James Pearson Collection
+James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco, 178 kb
James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco
UKC News, Jan 2011
© James Pearson Collection
+James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco, 152 kb
James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco
UKC News, Jan 2011
© James Pearson Collection
+James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco, 233 kb
James Pearson in Tafroute, Morocco
UKC News, Jan 2011
© James Pearson Collection

You can keep up to date with James on his new website: www.realbigpimp.in

James Pearson is sponsored by Wild Country, Five Ten, The North Face, Adidas Eyewear


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