The number of climbers doing cutting edge ascents on the UK's mountain crags can be counted on the fingers of one hand, perhaps less, and the two main proponents are the Daves. Whilst some E9's on gritstone have had multiple ascents, ascents of E9 and above on the UK's mountain crags are very rare and significant.
If 6 Was 9 at Iron Crag was first climbed in 1992 by Dave Birkett and he proposed a grade of E9 6c, it is one of a string of hard climbs Birkett has established in the Lake District and now it has been repeated 15 years after the first ascent by Dave MacLeod.
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: Congratulations and an awesome effort by Mr MacLeod after all the stuff on Set In Stone. Really impressed as he said it was on his tick list earlier in the year and then put his money where his mouth is. Any plans now for Rewind (E10) down in Cornwall?
> (In reply to Grinning Donkey)
> Let's start with Parthenon Shot or Knockin' on Heaven's Door.
> The Birkett and MacLeod E9's are mostly unrepeated, some, especially the Birkett routes, some which were climbed over a decade ago.
OK... but in all honesty not even Parthian and Knockin have not had as you said 'Multiple ascents'.......
Assuming that multiple is correctly interpreted as more than one, then I'm certain that most of the famous ones will have - Meshuga certainly (I am certain of 2, and can think of another few as well), Parthian Shot also (3 definites, plus maybe more), Knocking presumably although thats the one with all that faff about pegs (at least 2), I'm sure I saw a photo of someone on Harder Faster as well (2, pretty sure on a third too). And thats just the famous people on the famous routes.
Its a lot more than the repeat ascentionists on several of Birkett's other routes, which I think was the point of the comment.
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com)
> <devils advocate>
> It can't be E9,
without being offensive you cannot say it isn,t e9 until you have climbed the route or at the VERY least been on it.
in the 2 daves we have 2 of the worlds top trad climbers and they deserve the upmost respect and if they both think a given climb is e9 then that,ll do for me.
why the sniping when a hard route is done ?
was this the worlds hatdest confirmed trad route in 1992 then ?