E8 in the Lakes in February?

© Ullrich collection
George Ullrich, age 19, of Kendal took advantage of the recent good weather and a dry Langdale by making an ascent of Dave Birkett's Dawes Rides a Shovel Head E8 6c today.

George who works at The Lakeland Climbing Centre (aka. Kendal Wall -, has made some fine ascents the past year including,Torture Board E7 at Reecastle, and Masters Edge E7 at Millstone. He also narrowly missed out on an ascent of Lord of the Flies E6 on Dinas Cromlech, managing to touch the last hold before fatigue struck. This weekend he plans to go and take a look at another Dave Birkett route, Impact Day E9 7a on Pavey Ark.

George worked Dawes Rides a Shovel Head at Raven Crag, on a shunt for a day, then top roped the route twice before making his successful Valentine's Day headpoint. George, like many, thought the route was great; well protected and sustained. George's friend, filmmaker Dave Gill took video of George's ascent and we have video stills HERE

Dave Gill is also making a climbing film, due out in November, but you can watch two shorts from it of George Ullrich climbing 'Master's Edge' and 'Torture Board' at the forthcoming Llanberis Mountain Film Festival

George finished at Kendal's Queen Katherine's School last year and goes to Bangor University in September to study product design.

George, like many climbers these days, is wall bred. He was introduced to climbing indoors at Kendal Wall then graduated to outdoor trad' climbing on a FRCC/BMC outdoor climbing course.

Dawes Rides a Shovel Head used to have a bolt in it and caused a great debate in the Lakes in the early 1990's. You can read more about the Lakes Bolt Controversy at the Rock and Run blog at this page

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14 Feb, 2008
Pretty sure I saw him trying The Masters Edge a short while ago. Well done to the lad.
14 Feb, 2008
Egad! That'd be worth a watch in a 'what happened next' quiz. Good effort. Is that the one with a picture of Steve McManaman on it on the front of the Langdale guide? jcm
14 Feb, 2008
good to see someone getting on DB's routes.
14 Feb, 2008
Top job George in Austria at the moment. Nice one Mat
14 Feb, 2008
Correction: George actually climbed the route today, the 14th. News report corrected.
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