VIDEO: Jim Pope (13) climbs Hot Fun Closing, F8aby 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.