Credit 'Crush' Problem Sparks Race for Cash

© The Climbing Works - Sheffield
In the recent bouldering competition at The Climbing Works in Sheffield, Percy Bishton, doing his bit to stave off the economic downturn, offered a £50 cash prize to the first climber to complete two of his 'special' problems.

With a very talented field of competitors, the race was on. Percy described the exciting finale on The Climbing Works blog:

In the end it came down to a matter of speed to decide the prize! Dave Barrans fought to the top of problem one, whilst Ryan Pasquill looked on having already bagged the second problem. As Dave tried to recover from his exertions, Ryan stepped onto to problem 1 and looked like scooping the cash.

However, due to a load of egging on from the crowd, Dave suddenly realised that if he jumped onto the second problem and dispatched it before Ryan had finished the technical problem one, the money would be his!

The scene as both guys fought their way up the problems simultaneously was amazing - both problems worth at least 7b+ or harder and monstrously physical. In the end Ryan just managed to hit the finishing hold of his problem less than 10 seconds before Dave finished his bloc, so Ryan scooped the cash but it was a fantastic bit of climbing to watch - like a bouldering duel!”

The next and final round of the 'Works' bouldering league is on Friday the 13th of February – just enough time to get warmed up.

Prize winner Ryan Pasquill recently climbed the long standing project to the left of The New Statesman at Ilkley, Yorkshire. This beautiful wall of scooped gritstone features extremely hard climbing (around Font 8A) and had repelled all suitors for several decades (UKC News Item).

From hard gritstone routes to indoor bouldering competitions, the gritstone/Sheffield scene is currently white hot with talent and psyche. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the forthcoming CWIF (Climbing Works International Festival) which is happening on the 7th March. This will be an international bouldering competition, with problems set by many top climbers including the French legend Jacky Godoffe.

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19 Jan, 2009
Good effort to Ryan, but The Barrans made up for it the next day by making a rare on sight of Little Women E7 7A at apparent north, Stanage. Pretty amazing considering that most folk were finding the conditions a little too cold for bouldering. Problem is you dont get 50 pounds for an e7...
19 Jan, 2009
Sounds impressive - is it rare or unique? I wouldn't think John Welford E7 7a's are prime candidates for soft touch E7 onsights!
19 Jan, 2009
Great effort but was it on-sight as he belayed you on it Jordan?
19 Jan, 2009
defo onsight, altho i had the first go i did not get very far and was not using the correct sequence. He had no other knowledge of the route other than how to down climb the first move!!
20 Jan, 2009
Great effort! It looked well hard when i saw your first try.
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