On 31st of January, Lancashire climber Jordan Buys crimped his way to the second ascent of the infamous Gritstone route Widdop Wall (E9 7a). First climbed over ten years ago by John Dunne, this rippled wall of Gritstone has until now repelled all would-be repeaters.
Jordan commented after climbing the route:
"This is by far the most challenging and inspiring route I have ever climbed on gritstone and I would confirm the grade of hard and sustained E9 7a / French 8b / 5.13d R."
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: I was sure i posted earlier on this thread? anyway must be getting forgetful or something. Anyway amazing news. Was great to hear yesterday made a rather boring day being ill very exciting. To Graham D: I dont quite know why its especially good to see after all the team America hype i dont see why that has any influence on it. Did they even try it?
In reply to peewee2008: No i doubt they would i mean ive lived 35 minutes cycle from the place ever since i started climbing and even i woldn't visit it in November without a very good reason so having flown a third of the way round the world im guessing it wouldn't be too high on the list. I think they only visited Ilkley and Brimham in yorks?
In reply to AMo: Exactly, the lion roars, even if he is South African, so is/was our cricket team's captain but he doesn't live in Burnley. Well done Jordan you are my hero, you must teach me that celebratory dance some time... magnificent!
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: excactly,people seem to think that grades are writin in stone.they think its all black and white as to what grades a route should be because of "x" amount of danger X "x" difficulty = a set grade.as we know it just doesnt work like that.grades are not science
Well done on completing the route. I was bouldering at Widdop around Xmas Eve and noticed a few cameras around. Be careful with your cars at Widdop reservoir car park though. Some joker stuck a "75% discount" sticker on the spoiler of my car a few weeks ago and it took the paint off when I removed it. hilarious.