Gerty Berwick repeated by James Pearson

© Adrian Gill (no duplication on other media without permission)
James Pearson has repeated Gerty Berwick at Ilkley, the former last great problem left of The New Statesman, first climbed by Ryan Pasquill on the 10th January this year. Both ascents were practiced on a top rope then led, in headpoint style. Both climbers padded the base of the climb with bouldering mats.

This vertical gritstone wall features technical and reachy moves and is unprotected in its lower half. Ilkley homeboy John Dunne described this climb at, "At the start of the route a long dyno is followed by a move to very small edge, after this a huge rock-over takes you over to a small crimp. This is followed by a long move to a good hold and finally easier climbing takes you to the top."

Gerty Berwick had been attempted by many climbers in the last twenty years including Dunne, Steve McClure, Steve Dunning and Jerry Moffatt. However it took a global rise in bouldering standards and in vogue highball bouldering for this impressive wall to yield to Ryan Pasquill, who thought it Font 8A, at a very 'highball' bouldering height, or around E9 7a in old money.

Healthy UK Climbing Scene

The UK top end climbing scene is very healthy at the moment with last great problems falling and many impressive repeats including Jordan Buys' repeat of Dunne's Widdop Wall (E9 7a / French 8b / 5.13d ), Pete Robins and Ben Bransby's ground up repeat of The Promise, Dave MacLeod's repeat of James Pearson's Walk of Life in Devon, Neil Dickson's ground up of Margins of the Mind, a John Redhead E8 at Cloggy and a whole slew of hard grit repeats by visiting Americans Kevin Jorgeson and Alex Honnold some featured in these Videos Videos. See also: End of Year: Trad 2008 by Jack Geldard - Editor.

With so many talented climbers on the scene at the moment it looks like being an interesting year on the new routes and repeat front.

James Pearson has recently achieved an onsight of End of The Affair at Curbar and has been discussing grades and style at

James is sponsored by The North Face, Five Ten, and Wild Country.

This post has been read 10,812 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make UKClimbing the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support - UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

15 Feb, 2009
Well done that man.... crackin effort.
15 Feb, 2009
Good effort!
15 Feb, 2009
Bon Effort.
15 Feb, 2009
"The UK top end climbing scene is very healthy at the moment with several last great problems falling and several impressive repeats" Sums it up. Awesome . Might silence a few of his knockers. Enty
15 Feb, 2009
Lot of very talented climbers out there Enty, and all out there doing stuff. It is very refreshing and quite exciting to witness. Short routes, long routes, different styles, bouldering, sport, trad, the works. ....and winter and alpine.
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email