We have a preliminary report that Kevin Jorgeson, the visiting American climber (See UKC News, Parthian Shot Ground-Up) has climbed The Promise, a short route at Burbage, graded E10 7a by the first ascentionist James Pearson.
On James Pearson's website he puts his ascent of The Promise in to context with: "[Aged] 21, Climbed my own E10 - The Promise, the hardest route on gritstone"
The Promise is around 8 metres high, with the hardest climbing at around 5 metres. The moves are exceptionally difficult and reachy and the landing isn't great, with a large boulder in the fall-zone. This is typical Jorgeson territory, and with his CV of hard, highball boulder problems, he made short work of this blunt gritstone arête, climbing it in a single session.
In his short report to UKC, Kevin Jorgeson stated simply:
"Second ascent today. Did it in an hour on my first day and thought E8 was more appropriate. I'm writing a trip report that I will post on my site shortly."
Kevin Jorgeson's website is: kevinjorgeson.com
This is a preliminary report. We will be reporting on the ascent in full as soon as more details are available.
Kevin is sponsored by Marmot, Asana Packworks, Sterling Rope,Black Diamond, Superfeet, Raw Revolution and Five Ten.