Ryan Pasquill today climbed the wall to the left of The New Statesman at Ilkley, Yorkshire. This last great problem has been tried by many climbers over the last twenty years.
The line reportedly has a crux section of around Font 8A, at a very 'highball' bouldering height. This is then followed by a bold but easier wall.
The crux move has stopped many talented gritstone climbers in their tracks, being a heinous pull from a tiny edge.
Commenting at the crag today, Ilkley expert John Dunne, author of the super-famous test-piece The New Statesman said;
"He did the crux totally statically. It was extremely impressive."
To see a UKC photo of the whole line - click here
Ryan Pasquill is regarded amongst the top climbers of the UK as being at the very cutting edge of gritstone climbing. He recently climbed The Ace (Font 8B) at Stanage, and has flashed several gritstone E8's. He also operates on limestone, with a quick ascent of Baa Baa Black Sheep (F8c+) at Ceuse.
Thanks go to Adrian Gill for the photo.