VIDEO: Adam Hocking - New Lake District E8

Adam Hocking practicing The Keswickian on top rope prior to his first ascent
© Dom Bush / Land and Sky Media
Adam Hocking has been active in his home area of The Lake District and bagged the first ascent of The Keswickian (E8 7a) on Gouther Crag in Swindale as well as the second ascent of The Ego Has Landed (E8 6b) on Eagle Crag, Langstrath.

The Keswickian tackles a bouldery arete through the left side of the big roof at Gouther Crag, underneath the upper section of the E3 One Step Beyond.

Dom Bush from Land and Sky Media was on hand to capture Adam's ascents (short video below). He commented on his blog:

"Gouther Crag in Swindale is a little known gem of Lakeland climbing and has some fantastic lines of all grades. At it's far left hand end is a prominent roof and slab offering a couple of E4′s which breach the overhang at the right hand side. Adam has had his eye on a line here for years, which follows an obvious corner through the roof and up the unprotected slabs above. Last week this became 'The Keswickian', at E8 7a it is a serious route with a steep bouldery crux section, possible only for the strong and brave! This was the most exciting, nail-biting sequence I have ever filmed and an amazing line. Nice one Adam!"

Adam also recently repeated the very bold wall climb of The Ego Has Landed (E8 6b) first climbed by James McHaffie back in 2000.

More info on Dom Bush's blog.

VIDEO: Adam Hocking on The Keswickian and The Ego Has Landed


Adam Hocking top roping the very bold 'The Ego Has Landed' prior to his lead, 126 kb
Adam Hocking top roping the very bold 'The Ego Has Landed' prior to his lead
© Dom Bush / Land and Sky Media

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