Nik Jennings - E8 Onsight Solo - 8A Flash - F8a+by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Apr/2011
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Nik, something of an esoteric quarried grit master, has previously climbed several Font 8A's including the first ascents of Nik's Wall (8A+) at Rivelin Quarries and Titus Gaukroger (8A/+) at Mytholm Steeps in Calderdale.
On a recent trip to Fontainebleau, France Nik flashed L'Atelier (8A) at Rocher Guicho on the 19th of April.
Nik commented: "it was totally unexpected and very pleasing."
And Nik has also climbed several E8s, including an onsight of the Cow's Mouth Quarry route Boldness Through Ignorance. This quarried grit wall climb was previously graded E7 but has been bumped up a notch since the demise of a crucial peg. Jennings climbed the route completely onsight and solo after the peg had gone.
Several years ago Jennings also flashed the crystal pulling grit route Doug (E8) at the Roaches.
Perhaps what makes Nik's triple success most interesting is his sport climbing.
It is only recently that Nik has joined the triple 8 club, as although his trad and bouldering exploits are a step above what is needed, his sport climbing hasn't been in the 8th grade. Prior to succeeding on his new route Moddey Dhoo (8a+) at Troller's Gill in Yorkshire, which he climbed earlier this month, Jennings' previous best sport effort was a quintessentially British solo of Lockless (7c+) at The Nook in Cheedale.
VIDEO: Nik making the first ascent of Moddey Dhoo (8a+) at Troller's Gill
Nik has just launched a new website: nikjennings.com