Pete Whittaker has flashed the E8 gritstone arete of The Power of the Darkside at Bank Quarry, Upper Matlock Quarries, Derbyshire.
The route, an unprotected arete first climbed by James Pearson in 2005 and repeated back in April 2010 by Tom Randall, features "strangely insecure and powerful moves with no protection above an appalling landing".
- UKC Logbook: The Power of the Darkside
Pete described his ascent on the Five Ten Blog:
"Tom [Randall] had already headpointed this arete climb earlier in the year so I got him to ab down and brush the melting snow off the holds, dry them out and chalk them up. I remembered the moves from when spotting Tom on the route when he did it, but got him to show me the crux again so it was refreshed in my memory.
Anyway after warming up I set off. The route is just a solo and only about 11/12 metres overall, however it has a really bad landing onto an uneven ledge with another couple of metres drop off this. I was sort of expecting to climb up and down the start a few times to get warmed into it, however when I pulled onto the crux hold i held the barn door and just kept going. After this you can't reverse so I pushed on and that was it, I'd done it, first go!"
This makes Pete one of only a handful of climbers to have climbed E8 with no prior inspection from a toprope or abseil.