NEWSFLASH: Tyler Landman Climbs Smiling Buttress

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Nov/2013
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Björn Pohl - UKC, May 2012
© Keith Bradbury (still from between the trees)

US based Tyler Landman yesterday climbed the first ascent of one of the most infamous gritstone last great problems, Smiling Buttress at Curbar. Tyler climbed the line above pads, having worked it on a top-rope first. 

Smiling Buttress was orginally tried by Ben Moon in the nineties, documented in the seminal Hard Grit climbing movie. Despite doing all the moves, Ben did not go on to climb it, due both to its difficulty, rumoured to be in the font 8 region, and its highball nature. Steve McClure has also tried it saying that it was do-able, though again never managed the first ascent of this difficult and bold line. 

Tyler, who after being one of the very best boulderers in the world a couple of years ago, has stepped back from climbing to study medicine, is obviously still very capable of climbing cutting edge boulder problems, including this last great problem.

More details to follow.

Forums ( Read More... | 22 comments, 19 Nov 2013 )
On the subject of Hard Grit (in both senses), could UKC get a webcam and live feed setup at Burbage South today?: 'james mchaffie ‏@McHaffieJames 15h Looking forward to belaying bransby on parthion shot tmrw...
John Gillott - 19 Nov 2013

I seem to remember him saying sometime ago he would never be a sponsored climber again as he felt very jaded by the whole thing. My gut feeling is he won't be giving any more details, no sponsors so no pressure to...
gcandlin - 19 Nov 2013

Hi Puppythedog, I have contacted Ty but am still waiting for a response just as eagerly as you, I imagine. If we don't hear back from him there is definately film footage of the ascent so that should be online at...
Duncan Campbell - UKC - 13 Nov 2013

There is a possibility of side runners on this one. I think the extreme difficulty has put people off more than the runout nature. it could be climbed by somebody with the ability. Anybody know of anybody who has even...
teddy - 04 Nov 2013

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