Sheffield based climber Lucinda Whittaker has redpointed Austrian Oak (F8b) at Malham Cove, Yorkshire.
'The Oak', as it is sometimes known, was first climbed by John Dunne in 1988 and is a twelve metre power-endurance route on the 'Catwalk' - the lower ledge in the central area of Malham Cove.
"Hard climbing on side-pulls and undercuts which is just too hard for the old grade of 8a+."
Earlier this spring Lucinda climbed Overnite Sensation (F8a+) also on the Catwalk at Malham.
Are these the first female ascents of both these routes?
Next on the list for Lucinda is a trip to the sandstone bouldering Mecca of Rocklands:
"I'm off to South Africa in four weeks so it's mad strength and power training now that the Oak is done! Psyched!" Lu told UKC.