/ NEWS: Blind Climber Jesse Dufton leads the Old Man of Hoy
That's just amazing. Well done.
Very impressive. There's a world of difference between this achievement and silly stunts like blindfolding yourself or tying your hands behind your back.
Really impressive, but equally important to me, is what lovely people Jesse and Molly are, having had the pleasure of spending an evening talking with them at a club hut.
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Superb effort Jesse and Molly - hugely inspiring. Can't wait to see the film.
Fantastic effort. A total inspiration.
I can vouch for that. I met them last year via a mutual friend.
Met Jesse and molly bouldering at curbar this winter. He’s really strong and a nice bloke to boot. Not to mention such inspiring feats as this ! Amazing work am very impressed, again!
Wow, I am totally blown away by this. Not just the climbing, placing gear or even more impressive, anchor building, but just the confidence to go and attempt it.
Best 'pure' climbing article in a long while!
What an amazing achievement, well done Jesse and Molly.
I find this achievement almost beyond comprehension!
Brilliant; well done - and like others look forward to the film.
> I find this achievement almost beyond comprehension!
Me too. Staggering!
Flipping flip! Well done!
Unbelievable ..... simply amazing 👏👍
Lots of climbers are described as inspirational or having done an inspiring climb when all often they're just doing the same as the rest of us but on smaller holds, this is something very different and truely inspirational. It's beyond my comprehension, amazing.
> Me too. Staggering!
And me! Absolutely outstanding. I'm really impressed.
I think that that's an absolutely stunning effort. My memories of eye-balling digestive biscuit flakes and coiled fulmars and generally having a full day out are insignificant in comparison. Just getting there is no mean feat.
Great effort. Very inspirational.
Thanks to all of you for your kind words, the Old Man is a truly awesome route and I loved it! There is one problem, I don't know what to do next…!? Any suggestions for other iconic routes on a par with the Old Man of Hoy?
Have you climbed White Slab on Cloggy? It has two superb slab pitches.
No, I've only done Pedestal Crack on Cloggy. That was cool. I tend to find slabby routes harder, as they usually require precise footwork. Not being able to see the rock or my feet, I usually struggle...I tend to prefer cracks!
My partner recommends:
Grey Panther at Kilt Rock
The Rasp at Higgar Tor
I recommend going to Reiff if you haven't been, some really incredible sea cliff climbs & a lot of cracks on amazing rock.
Amazing and very inspiring.
You should get yourself out to Pabbay and Mingulay Jesse, lots of adventurous, steep and fairly well protected climbing on generally good holds.
Impressive quite the adventure, not sure why it has been downgraded because a blind guy did it!!?? (sure this is an unfortunate typo) There is something very special about stacking, sea air, puking fulmers those sandy crumbly holds, Go for the trilogy.
Wow! I'm lost for words !
Some great suggestions, thanks!
The Rasp sounds great. I've been to Reiff and loved it, keen to go back for more... Hadn't heard of Pabbay and Mingulay - that's a great shout.
And obviously Am Buchaille is now on the list to complete the 3...speedos at the ready! Ha
Hi JesseGreat effort, well done. I’m thinking of having a look at the route in August and was wondering about the condition of the wooden wedges. I’d heard rumours that they have been replaced with new ones. Could you verify whether this is true?
That is mental if true as they're totally unnecessary with cams.
I think they must have been replaced, as they seemed in reasonable nick (according to Molly). I don't think the originals would have survived this long. However, with modern gear you won't need them, the cams are bomber!
Good to hear about the cams. Do you need any ones bigger than camelot 4’s? That’s the biggest one I’ve got!
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