More DWS for Gav Symonds - Cutlass F8a+

cutlass 8a+ © gavinsymonds coll ( chris Docherty )
cutlass 8a+
© gavinsymonds coll ( chris Docherty )

cutlass 8a+ © gavinsymonds coll ( chris Docherty )
cutlass 8a+
© gavinsymonds coll ( chris Docherty )
Deep Water Solo Activist Gav Symonds has made what is thought to be the second ascent of Cutlass, the F8a+ at Berry Head, Devon.

Cutlass, first climbed by Neil Gresham, is one of the hardest deep water solo routes in the UK.

Gav described it thus:

"It is a short 10 move V8/V9 boulder problem, starting up some good moves on ok crimps and pockets to a big move off a small two finger pocket to a pinch for right hand... After warming up it came down to a quick one two three. Go one falling going to right hand pinch, go two falling sorting feet holding onto pinch, go three topping out!"

Gav climbed the route in the ground up style, after watching a video of Neil Gresham climbing the first ascent. Gav climbed the line on his 6th try overall.


Gav Symonds is sponsored by Petzl and La Sportiva


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2 Aug, 2010
good effort getting there on Day ! of the season and ticking that! Francois
3 Aug, 2010
Quick question - if it's a V8/9 boulder problem, why is it an F8a+? Isn't that nearer V11/12?
3 Aug, 2010
No. V11/12 moves on a route tend to be short bouldery 8b+/8c's.
3 Aug, 2010
Ah - my bad. Got Font 8a+ and French 8a+ mixed up :)
3 Aug, 2010
All my days. Bon effort for Gav, less so for the comments.
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