/ NEWSFLASH: Ben Moon climbs Rainshadow 9a

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UKC News - on 08 Jun 2015
Ben Moon on Rainshadow (9a) at Malham Cove, 3 kbBen Moon has climbed his second 9a with an ascent of Rainshadow at Malham Cove, 25 years after his first of the grade. This is the fourth ascent of Rainshadow, first climbed by Steve McClure in 2003.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=69775
FactorXXX - on 08 Jun 2015
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Return of the master!
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Totally inspired by this. Hats off to Ben, absolute legend.

Congratulations.

Jack
DWS gibraltar - on 08 Jun 2015
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Wow !
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Smelly Fox - on 08 Jun 2015
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Awesome news! Legend!
kingie52 - on 08 Jun 2015
Well done Ben Moon!!!
The Jazz Butcher on 08 Jun 2015
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Absolutely amazing!
BarrySW19 on 08 Jun 2015
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Damn, there goes using my age as an excuse for not getting up the hard stuff.
JLS on 08 Jun 2015
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Form is temporary class is permanent.

I remember seeing him on a recent video basically being interviewed mid 8a climb and I was thinking, "So, still pretty fit then."
Very inspiring for us older athletes, perhaps we do have more in the tank...
ericinbristol - on 08 Jun 2015
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Wonderful!!!
Kemics - on 08 Jun 2015
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seems like he penned that autobiography a little soon. A few more chapters to go!
Bulls Crack - on 08 Jun 2015
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This really IS inspiring news for the middle-aged climber!

I was wondering how he was getting on...quite well it seems
Fraser on 08 Jun 2015
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Wow, now this really is news. Well done that man!
Tom Last - on 08 Jun 2015
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Superb!
jon on 08 Jun 2015
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Wow. And two 9as that couldn't be more different. Rainshadow is two and a half times longer than Hubble.
Jim Brooke - on 08 Jun 2015
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Brilliant. I love hearing of people climbing hard at his age (or older!) I find it a real source of inspiration to aim high....
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Awesome... Nice one Ben, inspirational ascent!
Mark Morris - on 08 Jun 2015
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Yeah but, what's he ever done on ...........
teddy - on 08 Jun 2015
Incredible news. Well done Ben!!

Tyler - on 08 Jun 2015
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That is amazing, I can't imagine there ever being more goodwill directed to one ascent. Inspirational
JayK - on 08 Jun 2015
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When's the next book coming out?!

I suggest Statement. Oh wait...
tombeasley - on 08 Jun 2015
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legend
Paul Figg - on 08 Jun 2015
In reply to UKC News: Fantastic effort that shows age is no barrier with dedication to achieve your goals. MASSIVE respect showing the youngsters how its done.

A Longleat Boulderer - on 08 Jun 2015
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Utterly inspiring and amazing achievement from my childhood hero! Well done Ben!

(Ben once gave me a rope bag for free at the outdoor show. I didn't have enough to buy it being a kid. Never forgot that. Amazing bloke)
johncoxmysteriously - on 08 Jun 2015
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That's astonishing; fantastic effort.

Imagine if he were to do Northern Lights after all these years........

jcm
HakanT on 08 Jun 2015
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How impressive is this?
Imagine Usain Bolt doing a 9.58 100 m in 2034, Paula Radcliffe doing a marathon in 2:15 in 2028 or Stefan Edberg winning Wimbledon in 2015.
Diggler - on 08 Jun 2015
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Total hero

Well done Mr Moon
mav - on 08 Jun 2015
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Incredibly impressive, if slightly disappointing that my usual excuse of 'old age' just became even weaker.

Out of interest, when did Hubble become 9? I thought it's official grade was 'possibly undergraded at 8c+?
johncoxmysteriously - on 08 Jun 2015
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>when did Hubble become 9

When Adam Ondra failed on it!

jcm

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spidermonkey09 - on 08 Jun 2015
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Think popular consensus is that its 9a, would be amazed if the next guide didn't have it as that. Anyone know what the new BMC one has it at?
stp - on 08 Jun 2015
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> Anyone know what the new BMC one has it at?

9a
Robert Durran - on 09 Jun 2015
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Absolutely brilliant! As many have already said, really inspiring for us middle aged lot.
Ed Booth - on 09 Jun 2015
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So inspiring! And Ondra's flash of Jade.
goose299 - on 09 Jun 2015
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What a lad!!
orge - on 09 Jun 2015
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Wow! This is totally out of the blue!

As noted, the routes couldn't really be more different in style. You would also expect there to be easier 9a's out there for someone who has focussed on bouldering problems for the last 15ish years?

Was it the line or is this a return to routes for Ben? Hope you guys can grab an interview - it would be great to hear more about his motivations.

Congrats!

J
jon on 09 Jun 2015
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> Wow! This is totally out of the blue!

Well yes, that's the thing. For those of us who don't climb at Malham all the time or who are not in the know, it is out of the blue. For Catwalk regulars though, they must have seen this coming - I'm sure it didn't just happen overnight - and yet no inkling of it filtered through. Was everyone sworn to secrecy? Come on Maham habitués, tell us more.

galpinos on 09 Jun 2015
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The rumour mill has made mention of quite a bit of time spent at the new school room, didn't realise this was the aim though!

So impressed and inspired. My childhood hero still going strong despite me no longer being a child.
In reply to jon:
jon you are quite right, although we weren't sworn to secrecy - when you're in a the little Malham microcosm you just presume everyone knows ;-)

Ben has been getting progressively closer and closer of over the past month and it did feel like an inevitability that he was going to do it. That said, these things are never until the bag until they're done and due to the cool conditions required I would have imagined Ben was getting more than a little worried that the warm summertime conditions were going to thwart his efforts.

What I will say is that seeing him climb Raindogs and get through the roof above (multiple times!) was a truly exceptional display of rock climbing, the precision and accuracy to which it was executed was remarkable - so smooth! Unfortunately I didn't get to see him finish it, but by all accounts it was an impressive display. No doubt Jack and Natalie will have a follow-up report detailing full account over the next few days.

Great effort Ben, well done!
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jsmcfarland - on 09 Jun 2015
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hero!
Mike Todd on 09 Jun 2015
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Well that's my "I'm too old" excuse gone then!!
mav - on 09 Jun 2015
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That's what I thought. Though if I fail on a route and mutter about it being undergraded, I get flamed. Us mere mortals operate under different rules.
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Mountain Lass - on 09 Jun 2015
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So impressed! Incredibly inspirational.
Exile - on 09 Jun 2015
johncoxmysteriously - on 10 Jun 2015
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Nice account. He's such a hero.

I wonder what he is going to do now. If anything, of course.

jcm
neilh - on 10 Jun 2015
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Awesome. Puts most of todays sports climbers to shame.I hope they will respond by matching his ascent.
mav - on 10 Jun 2015
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Thanks for the link. A good account.
JLS on 10 Jun 2015
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>"I wonder what he is going to do now"

Northern Lights it would seem!

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=69776

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