Visiting French competition climber Caroline Ciavaldini has been introduced to trad climbing at Pembroke by James Pearson.
Her first ever trad lead was the Pembroke classic Pleasure Dome (E3), a steep and pumpy route at Stennis Head.
"The climbing was easy and so she could concentrate on spending time to figure out the correct protection. She waltzed along the route, her appearance of complete control only disrupted from time to time when pull-testing gear and a nut would pop out and hit her in the face..." explained James.
She followed that up by attempting to flash Point Blank (E8) in Stennis Ford as her second ever trad route. A large fall ensued and Caroline climbed the route on her second try, ground up.
As far as we know this is the first time a route of E8 has been climbed by a woman without pre-inspection.
James told UKC:
"She was so solid on the route, really made it look like a path, and to make things worse, she was too small to use a good rest in the middle of the crux runout so just had to keep on moving."
- Full report by James Pearson on his blog: Real Big Pimp
You can keep up with Caroline on her website: Caroline Ciavaldini