gets E8 Death Arete I believe. Not that that should be a reason not to do it, but I imagine when travelling a long way the big unrepeated E9's may hold more appeal to a top climber who enjoys pushing themselves.
> Now that I'm approaching 47 it's obvious to me that you can't climb all the time or you end up injured. So you have 2 options. 1. You can start doing some charitable work or 2. You can spend over £1000 on a push bike, cover yourself with lycra and turn into a strava-obsessive, road-hogging, self righteous bastard
The casual way in which he describes ticking off a pretty serious E9 is amazing.
When I watched Set in Stone many years ago, I thought that WTTCW looked like a quality climb. I also remember that Birkett mentioned unclimbed lines on the East Buttress that would require climbing 9a without gear (to paraphrase). eek!