North Face Euro Road Trip: James Pearson and Gaz ParryVideo

© Keith Bradbury
The North Face athletes James Pearson and Gaz Parry, with some friends, are on a European road trip. 40 days of climbing, socialising with the European climbing community, giving climbing Masterclasses and slideshows at various climbing walls, and taking in the sights and culture. They will be visiting 20 different climbing venues and climbing 20 of Europe's best 8a's. So far they have climbed Adrenochrome at Lulworth Cove, Dorset; Raindogs at Malham Cove, North Yorkshire; Abstrakt at Hylteberget, one of Sweden's first 8a's. They have now left Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and are heading to a climbing event in Holland then on to Freyr in Belgium to climb God Save The Queen, 8a. (See also: the UKC Outdoor Industry New report The North Face 2009 Summit Series Road Trip)

We will be following their progress throughout this trip which ends on May 10th at the MelloBlocco climbing festival in Italy.

Here is the teams' first video despatch.

Video by Keith Bradbury, winner of the Film Clip Competition with his In the Handholds of Greatness

The North Face Summit Series Road Trip Map

CommunityWalk Map - Summit Series Road Trip

You can follow James and Gaz's progress at

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12 Apr, 2009
Christ that one in sweden must be hard, it makes James go all limp wristed on the way down!!
12 Apr, 2009
Awesome. After this an 8a routes and Font8A boulder problem a day for 20 days........... James
12 Apr, 2009
Now that would be something!
12 Apr, 2009
The route at the end of that video looks great and I don't think I've ever seen James Pearson climb sport before!
12 Apr, 2009
You mean the one in Sweden? It looks a good crag doesn't it. I think sport climbing on granite can be great - most of the sport climbing I do is on granite just because that it what most of the local rock is. When I lived in the UK I normally associated sport climbing with limestone, which has always been my least favourite rock. So it's nice to sport climb on different rock types. There is lots of granite sport in Scandinavia - but I wonder where else you find it? Sardinia? Bit around Chamonix I guess? Probably some places in the States?
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