UKC News, Jun 2012
© Jack Geldard Neil 'Awesome' Mawson has added another couple of 8cs to his already huge CV of hard sport climbs. Neil recently climbed True North at Kilnsey, Yorkshire, and Mecca Extension at Raven Tor, Peak District.
True North is regarded as one of the best hard sport climbs in the UK, and is a must-do tick for climbers operating at this level (don't all rush at once...). It takes a line on the impressively steep North Buttress of Kilnsey, and is considered a power-endurance route. It was famously climbed in a lightening fast two hour session by Lancashire climber Ian Vickers, when he was on top form some years ago.
Mecca Extension is the continuation to the classic 8b+ of Mecca at Raven Tor. and is considered to be an 8a+ stacked on top of what is already a very hard 8b+. It was first climbed by Steve McClure back in the late 1990's.
Neil Mawson has been steadily building up an impressive CV of hard sport redpoints and hard traditional headpoints over the past few years. For a list of some of his achievements - just check out this UKC News Page.