Kevin Jorgeson Repeats (most of) The Groove - Cratcliffe

Kevin Jorgeson has repeated (most of) The Groove at Cratcliffe, Peak District.

See updated news report with more info: UKC NEWS

The Groove was first climbed by James Pearson in February of this year at a proposed grade of E10 7b. Recently James has re-assessed his grade for this route:

"In hindsight, I think The Groove is actually E11"

Whatever the grade settles at, this is clearly a technically desperate route and a fantastic achievement for both climbers.

Jorgeson has made a great run on some of gritstone's most famous routes, including Parthian Shot, Gaia and Meshuga. This ascent of The Groove could be the icing on his cake.

This report is a preliminary newsflash - we will bring you more in-depth coverage of this ascent soon.

Thanks to Nick Smith ( for the photograph.

Kevin is sponsored by Marmot, Asana Packworks, Sterling Rope, Black Diamond, Superfeet, Raw Revolution and Five Ten.

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