Visiting Italian Michele has gone and done it 'highball' style above bouldering mats. Yes, we think that's great and no, we don't think bouldering mats are cheating. Well done Michele, and oh-my-god, we also saw the facebook photo of you falling off the Ilkley route The New Statesman (E8 7a, but everyone knows this one is really an E9).
We also heard that Michelle went back and climbed The New Statesman a few days after his big fall from above the upper gear (which ripped out). Nice one!
Also featured in this week's vid is James Blay climbing Renegade Master (just to the right of Screaming Dream) also above bouldering mats in the highball style. This was also first climbed with a good wire to protect the upper section, and has now seen quite a few 'bouldering' ascents. Go James!
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