James Pearson - F8cVideo

© Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)

James Pearson on Progression - F8c  © Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson on Progression - F8c
© Dave Simmonite (still shot from video)
James Pearson, the UK climber now based in Innsbruck, Austria, has recently made some fast ascents of several F8c sport routes in the South of France.

Pearson, best known for his UK trad exploits has been focussing on longer sport climbs as he felt that was a weakness in his climbing.

Speaking to UKC in an exclusive interview, he said:

"It was only recently that I tried something a little harder than my regular on-sights, resulting in me climbing an incredible 8c called Love 2.0 - genuinely one of the best routes I have climbed (I know everyone says this about hard routes they have recently climbed). This experience reminded me of how efficient the red-point process can be – quickly moving from finding individual moves hard, to making big links and finally finishing the job.

Since then I have climbed a few more 8c's on the limestone in the South of France (my second home), with the highlight being an ascent of Joncasares, a very bouldery 8c, climbed on my first try."

VIDEO: James Pearson - Progression - 8c

A big thank you goes to Dave Simmonite for this video and several of the photographs that accompany the interview.

You can keep up to date with James, as well as see a stunning gallery of photos, all on his brand new website:

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29 Nov, 2010
Interesting interview. Was I the only one who thought JP must have been spending too much time in airports, though? jcm
29 Nov, 2010
Good piece. Interesting that he rediscovered inspiration abroad...maybe that's what i need to do too!
29 Nov, 2010
Why? Anyone who knows what they are talking about wouldn't read it as a flash. It was first go, first try, however you want to phrase it.
29 Nov, 2010
I beg to differ.
29 Nov, 2010
So do I. In reply to blablabla 'First try' means 'first redpoint attempt'. I find that a helpful tip for working out what people mean is this. When people flash 8cs, they normally use the expression 'I flashed 8c', to describe what they've done. Try it. jcm
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