Pete Whittaker (17) made the long awaited second ascent of Paul Higginson's A Little Peculiar (E6 7a/b) today on the Roaches Lower Tier.
The route is described in the Roaches guide as 'a one-armed footless mantelshelf onto the sloping lip, and may be one of the hardest moves of its type in the world'. Pete finished up Elegy (E2) and later, when asked by me
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: Very fine effort, especially after turning up on the morning to find spindrift snow covering ALL of the holds on the direct section and on the finishing Elegy route.
As for 8c comparisons, well, we can't compare trad grit to limestone sport climbing, two very different games. I suppose if we had a grand graded list of trad grit routes compared to sport routes then it probably would equate.
I'd have no reservations in saying that Pete would be an 8c equivalent grit climber, his skill, dedication and technique would equate to this, if you get what I mean....