Barnaby Ventham on Don't Pierdol 8A+
UKC News, Jan 2012
© Barnaby Ventham Collection 17 Year old Barnaby Ventham has repeated Don't Pierdol at High Rocks on the Southern Sandstone. The problem was put up by Polish climber Peter Wycislik and graded Font 8A+, it has since had one repeat confirming the grade.
Barnaby, who is local to the sandstone outcrops, repeated this problem in less than 10 attempts. He then went on to also climb Kinda Lingers sit start Font 7C at the same crag.
"Don't Pierdol was a climb I had always avoided because off the small crimps, but after having a few goes I realised that the pain was worth it, all the moves felt amazing. After working through a very contorted sequence for the start I suddenly found myself reaching for the top crimp on only my fifth try. I had one more go but the pain was too much! I came back a week later and did it first go. A wonderful moment that came as quite a shock!"
As well as climbing on the Southern Sandstone, Barnaby has also spent a lot of time recently climbing at Dinas Rock in South Wales where he has made several boulder first ascents including Mega Ten 7C+.