Nik Jennings - E8 Onsight Solo - 8A Flash - F8a+

Nik Jennings hanging out at Mytholm Steeps near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire  © Nik Jennings Collection
Nik Jennings hanging out at Mytholm Steeps near Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
© Nik Jennings Collection
Nik Jennings has ticked the magic 8 in all three rock climbing disciplines - Trad - Sport and Bouldering. But Nik has climbed the E8 onsight and has flashed a Font 8A boulder problem in Font.

Nik, something of an esoteric quarried grit master, has previously climbed several Font 8A's including the first ascents of Nik's Wall (8A+) at Rivelin Quarries and Titus Gaukroger (8A/+) at Mytholm Steeps in Calderdale.

On a recent trip to Fontainebleau, France Nik flashed L'Atelier (8A) at Rocher Guicho on the 19th of April.

Nik commented: "it was totally unexpected and very pleasing."

And Nik has also climbed several E8s, including an onsight of the Cow's Mouth Quarry route Boldness Through Ignorance. This quarried grit wall climb was previously graded E7 but has been bumped up a notch since the demise of a crucial peg. Jennings climbed the route completely onsight and solo after the peg had gone.

Several years ago Jennings also flashed the crystal pulling grit route Doug (E8) at the Roaches.

Nik on his own boulder problem Titus Gaukroger (8A/+), Mytholm Steeps  © Nik Jennings Collection
Nik on his own boulder problem Titus Gaukroger (8A/+), Mytholm Steeps
© Nik Jennings Collection

Perhaps what makes Nik's triple success most interesting is his sport climbing.

It is only recently that Nik has joined the triple 8 club, as although his trad and bouldering exploits are a step above what is needed, his sport climbing hasn't been in the 8th grade. Prior to succeeding on his new route Moddey Dhoo (8a+) at Troller's Gill in Yorkshire, which he climbed earlier this month, Jennings' previous best sport effort was a quintessentially British solo of Lockless (7c+) at The Nook in Cheedale.

VIDEO: Nik making the first ascent of Moddey Dhoo (8a+) at Troller's Gill


Nik has just launched a new website: nikjennings.com


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29 Apr, 2011
Good effort, Nik - think the film-making might need a bit of work, mind... jcm
29 Apr, 2011
He has also got first ascents of an 8 in each discipline too, pretty impressive.
29 Apr, 2011
Always puzzling how these "First Ascents" are pre chalked ? Maybe first led ascent?
29 Apr, 2011
uh...?
29 Apr, 2011
first ascent doesn't neccasarily mean it was flashed (probably did years ago !) but simply means he was the first -known- ascentionist 1st,2nd or 212th go at it. very impressive- makes you wonder how many dark horses we have in these isles operating at a high level and before asked yes i would classify 8's as high level !
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