Pete Whittaker climbs new grit E9 7a

Pete Whittaker has continued his Burbage campaign and has climbed the oft tried arete start to Braille Trail at Burbage South. This comes just a few weeks after his bold first ascent of Grandad's Slab E7 6c - the direct finish to Braille Trail.

Pete reports:

"I climbed the direct start to Braille Trail on Friday evening. I called it Dynamics of Change and I gave it E9 7a. Sorry about the late report, I was busy over the weekend with school work and stuff."

John Arran, author of several of gritstone's hardest test pieces has tried the line and is impressed;

"That's a fantastic effort by Pete. I threw a rope on it last year to look at the possibility of a Braille Trail direct start and it seemed like it may be possible for someone, but it was way too hard for me that day. It's technically at least 2 grades harder than BT and unless you're able to reach left into the BT slot for gear you'd be looking at doing the crux of BT with a possible ground fall, which would make it definitely E9 and maybe harder. Even with the BT gear it's still cutting-edge stuff."

We hope to have more details and photo's of the ascent soon.

Pete Whittaker is sponsored by 5.10, Patagonia, Naked Ape and The Edge.

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