VIDEO: Jon Partridge climbs Chimaera at High Rocks

Jon Partridge has made what is thought to be the fourth ascent of Chimaera at High Rocks on the southern sandstone in East Sussex.

The route, a top rope problem, is graded British 7a (approximately Font 7C+).

Jon Partridge climbing Chimaera at High Rocks
© Nick Brown - Outcrop Films

Due to the soft nature of the rock lead climbing is not permitted, meaning all routes must be top roped or soloed.

Climbing at High Rocks involves an entrance fee and the crag is an SSSI. Access details are in the UKC Logbooks.

Jon's ascent was captured on film by Nick Brown of Outcrop Films and is shown below.

Film details:

Honeycomb, 6b+
Crosstown Traffic, 7b
Chimaera, English 7a or Font 7c+

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VIDEO: Jon Partridge climbs Chimaera at High Rocks

Jon Partridge is a member of the British Bouldering Team and is sponsored by Beyond Hope - the UK distributors of Evolv, prAna and Metolius.

You can keep up to date with the sponsered climbers from Beyond Hope on their blog: climbersblogs.blogspot

Thanks to Nick for this video - check out Outcrop films - they have a new UK Bouldering film coming out this year.

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14 Apr, 2011
Errm he didn't really do it. He just sort of top roped it.
14 Apr, 2011
So did it then? As in got to the top. Which he did.
14 Apr, 2011
Yes... but the point is surely to claim an ascent you have to do it without a toprope or its not clean. Its just like some kind of headpoint milaki.
14 Apr, 2011
No he got to the top. On a southern sandstone climb, which are always toproped.
14 Apr, 2011
Read the description on the main article. On Southern Sandstone you can't lead routes, its either top rope or Solo. So he did it in the accepted style for that area.
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