James Pearson has made what is likely the third ascent of The Elder Statesman (HXS 7a) at Curbar, Peak District.
James Pearson on Elder Statesman
© Sidekick, Feb 2013
The route tackles the famous arete to the side of Elder Crack and was first climbed by Steve McClure back in 2004, and repeated not long after by Steve Dunning. The grade HXS is due to the route being relatively safe (unless the arete cuts your rope!), but very very hard, therefore difficult to assign an E Grade to.
There's more photos and a video of James to come, but whilst we wait for those, check out...
VIDEO: Steve McClure on the first ascent of Elder Statesman HXS 7a