NEWSFLASH: Ben Bransby Climbs Parthian Shot

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Nov/2013
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+Ben Bransby high on a ground-up attempt at Parthian Shot., 60 kb
Ben Bransby high on a ground-up attempt at Parthian Shot.
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Ben Bransby has climbed Parthian Shot at Burbage in the Peak District, making the first lead of the route after the breaking of a crucial hold two years ago.

This famous route was graded E9 until the crucial 'shipwreck' flake was broken off in a fall by visiting Canadian climber Will Stanhope.

Bransby was climbing at Burbage today (19th Nov) with James McHaffie when he managed a successful lead of the route, the first lead of the route since the flake came off.

James told us briefly:

"It was a really good lead from Ben. I got up to the top crux twice, but couldn't feel my fingers."

We hope to bring you more news on this ascent soon. Until then, if you want to read the background on Parthian Shot you can check out this UKC Article: The Parthian Shot Saga

Note, the photo on the right is of Ben Bransby on an attempt on the route several years ago and is not current.

Ben Bransby is sponsored by: DMM, Evolv and prAna


Forums ( Read More... | 29 comments, 06 Dec 2013 )
The route traverse out from the neighboring easy thing. Caff and Ben placed a highish side runner in the easy thing in the hope that it might catch them if they fell off lower down. As far as i know there was never any...
remus - 06 Dec 2013

Waddage Ben. Not a route for shorties before, let alone now. For clarification only the upper portion of the "shipwreck flake" broke and as I understand it was more a loss in terms of its utility as a...
shark - 19 Nov 2013

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