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?
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.
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.
> 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'.
> 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'.
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 😁