Rob Sutton - DWS - Never Kneel to Skeletor - F7c+

© Andy Gill
Glasgow based climber Rob Sutton has made what is thought to be the first Deep Water Solo (DWS) ascent of the Dorset testpiece Never Kneel to Skeletor (F7c+) on Saturday the 24th of July.

Stu Littlefair commented:

"Although not the most difficult DWS route at Stair Hole, Lulworth, the route has held out despite attention from many strong climbers, perhaps because it features a savagely technical crux very high on the route."

Rob did the route on his third go, with no roped inspection, climbing from the water up.

Rob on the initial steep moves of Never Kneel....  © Andy Gill
Rob on the initial steep moves of Never Kneel....
© Andy Gill
Rob beginning the crux moves  © S  Littlefair
Rob beginning the crux moves
© S Littlefair

Thanks go to Stu Littlefair for this report.

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27 Jul, 2010
Good effort. I have a feeling that someone might have DWS the route during one of the early festivals, probably late 1990's or early naughties. Can't say for sure though asking Mike Robertson, might shine a bit more light on it. I remember many of the routes being soloed. The classic 7c 'Mark of the beast' ? became a traffic jam for most of the day. Awesome effort though, to Rob whether its first or second ascent.
27 Jul, 2010
nice one.
Hi mark; actually I'm pretty confident it didn't get done then as I was at those festivals and I remember Mike making a big deal out of the fact that I got quite high on the route. I certainly don't remember anyone getting through the start apart from me. It would be nice to know if anyone has done it since then. Brilliant route and harder than adrenochrome to do ground up (for me). Good effort Rob.
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