On Tuesday 2nd September, James Pearson made a flashed ascent of Charlie Woodburn's Something's Burning, E9 7a, in Stennis Ford, Pembroke. This is potentially the first flash of a route of this grade, certainly away from the grit.
The news was broken on James' facebook page:
James was given very detailed beta for the moves and gear on the route by his wife and climbing partner, Caroline Ciavaldini, allowing him to climb the route on his first try, giving him his first E9 flash and the first E9 flash to date.
Something's Burning was first climbed by Charlie Woodburn in 2012 with the route giving sustained and bold climbing at a difficulty of around 8a+/b protected by small wires (UKC News Report).
You can watch a video of Charlie making the first ascent below:
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