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VIDEO: Blind climber Jesse Dufton climbs Forked Lightning Crack

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 UKC Videos 04 Dec 2020
[Blind climber Jesse Dufton climbs Forked Lightning Crack]

Stars of Climbing Blind Jesse and Molly Dufton are back at it again, with Jesse upping his game and setting his (non)-sight on the stunning Forked Lightning Crack (E2 5c), a classic Don Whillans route on Yorkshire Grit. The GB Paraclimber teamed up once again with award-winning filmmaker Alastair Lee to storm his way up this striking zig-zag crack. Is this perhaps the best grit crack in the UK?



Watch the video: https://www.ukclimbing.com/videos/play.php?i=5316
 Tom Valentine 04 Dec 2020
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Another thing I can't get my head round. What an effort!

 sheffieldchris 04 Dec 2020
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My climbing mates say I have a book of a 1001 excuses why today was not the day to climb x or y.

This guy blows about half of them away.

Been lucky enough to see in real life and sat in awe and watched this titan climb.

 Shani 04 Dec 2020
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Inspiring! Great effort!

In reply to UKC Videos:

Awesome!

In reply to UKC Videos:

Amazing.

Glad to get in early before all the superlatives are used up.

 Dave Cundy 04 Dec 2020
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Wow, Jesse made it look quite straightforward.  He cruised it.  I guess he must have been getting out a bit this summer, to be able to look it in the eye and knock it off first go.

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 Doghouse 04 Dec 2020
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Just amazing. What a great couple.

 TheGeneralist 04 Dec 2020
In reply to Doghouse:

> Just amazing. What a great couple.

This.

 MeMeMe 05 Dec 2020
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That was brilliant!

It must be so scary climbing blind, I’m inspired!

In reply to Dave Cundy:

> to be able to look it in the eye

Ummm.... 

 Gympaul 05 Dec 2020
In reply to UKC Videos:

Fantastic! Is that classed as a ‘nonsight’ lead?

 Wilderbeest 05 Dec 2020
In reply to Doghouse:

His partner is great isn’t she....

He made that seem very straight forward. Didn’t Whillans have a smoke half way up?

 Andy Farnell 05 Dec 2020
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E2? He made it look about VS. At most. Beast.

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Gone for good 06 Dec 2020
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Great Friday night video as usual and a real pleasure watching Jesse climb. His partner, seemed to me, to be the perfect belayer. 

In reply to UKC Videos:

And no monster cam in the first section either!

In reply to UKC Videos:

Blimey.  This has been on my to do list forever.  I'm really running out of excuses now!

 Reach>Talent 07 Dec 2020
In reply to Gympaul:

> Fantastic! Is that classed as a ‘nonsight’ lead?

I have been trying and failing to get 'on-fondle' established as the terminology, but Jesse seems to prefer the more family friendly 'non-sight'.

 john arran 07 Dec 2020
In reply to Reach>Talent:

> I have been trying and failing to get 'on-fondle' established as the terminology, but Jesse seems to prefer the more family friendly 'non-sight'.

There may yet be chance to establish 'top-grope'.

In reply to UKC Videos:

Really, really impressive, Jesse's stamina must be immense.

FLC is sharply defined and I'm sure that helps Jesse to have confidence in his climbing on that kind of terrain. But I remember seeing photos of him on Pebbledash (HVS 5a) and thinking "how the f*** does he do delicate moves like that when there are no positive holds?".

So what I'd like to see is a video of him doing something slabby to see how he goes about that, although the end result will probably be just that there are even fewer excuses left for the rest of us 😁

In reply to Bulls Crack:

> And no monster cam in the first section either!

I noticed that. Made a mental note to bring massive cams for FLC.

 Kemics 08 Dec 2020
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How does he trust his gear!? I spend ages faffing checking my runners. Climbing without sight seems impressive although plausible but safely leading trad breaks my mind. 

 DannyC 08 Dec 2020
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Phenomenal, again. As others have said, the placing of his own gear is mind-boggling.

For me, he's Sports Personality of the Year.

 Duncan Bourne 08 Dec 2020
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Excellent effort!


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