One of the last great problems on Gritstone has been climbed. The groove below Fern Hill at Cratcliffe Tor was climbed by James Pearson on Saturday.
Listed on Jon Read's Grit List as one of the last great unclimbed problems on Gritstone (full list here) and described:
"This long standing problem which looks a lot easier than it must be. Good gear in breaks but must be hideously hard to gain height up the groove."
James has given the climb E10 7b.
It had been a long term project of James' who is no stranger to Hard Grit having climbed Equilibrium E10 and established his own E10 last year, The Promise at Burbage North. In the world of bouldering he is the only person to have flashed three Font 8b's (UKC news report)
Read James Pearson's personal account of his ascent at his blog jamespearsonclimbing.blogspot.com
Sheffield based photographer Dave Simmonite was in attendance to witness this historical ascent and has an illustrated report at climbmagazine.com
Also more details at the Hot Aches website who video'd James' ascent: hotaches.blogspot.com