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James Pearson Climbs Cratcliffe Groove E10 7b

© David Simmonite Photography

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


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4 Feb, 2008
Brilliant news James, now get your arse over here and get some real work done!! Sam Orange :0)
4 Feb, 2008
A friend tells me first hand hes working on the face to the left of New Statesman at Ilkley - looks like another nails hard E10 line to me. Seems James and Mr Macleod are the 2 fore-runners of this generation pushing the boundaries of whats possible. Maximum respect!
4 Feb, 2008
<*applause*>
4 Feb, 2008
A very fine effort. The footage of him shunting it looked absolutely nails. Cant wait to see some video footage.
4 Feb, 2008
Bravo! A proper line fallen. The LGP list was looking glaringly outdated before, now I think I'll just delete it.
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