VIDEO: Jim Pope (13) climbs Hot Fun Closing, F8a

by Alan James - UKC and UKH Oct/2012
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Jim Pope, 13, a member of the junior GB Climbing Team (profile), has become the fourth youngest Brit to climb an F8a. He topped Hot Fun Closing on Saturday 29 September.

Hot Fun Closing is a bouldery route on Rubicon Wall in Water-cum-Jolly, first climbed in 1986 by Ben Moon and Chris Gore in 1986. These days it is most often climbed as a V7/F7A+ boulder problem known as Kudos, to the break but the full route continues with more hard climbing above.

The younger British climbers who have managed the magic F8a grade are Randy Roby, just 13 -Raindogs (UKC report), Peter Dawson, 12 and a half - Cider Soak and Aiden Dunn, just 12, Raindogs.

Jim had been working the route with coach Leah Crane and dad Nick over the summer. Now he's off, suitably buoyed, to the BLCCs in Ratho next weekend - see BMC for more info on the BLCCs.

+Jim Pope climbs Hot Fun Closing at Rubicon, 121 kbJim Pope climbs Hot Fun Closing at Rubicon
© Nick Pope

Jim is sponsored by Beal, Petzl and La Sportiva

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