Barnaby Ventham Repeats Don't Pierdol 8A+

Barnaby Ventham on Don't Pierdol 8A+, 115 kb
Barnaby Ventham on Don't Pierdol 8A+
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17 Year old Barnaby Ventham has repeated Don't Pierdol at High Rocks on the Southern Sandstone. The problem was put up by Polish climber Peter Wycislik and graded Font 8A+, it has since had one repeat confirming the grade.


Barnaby, who is local to the sandstone outcrops, repeated this problem in less than 10 attempts. He then went on to also climb Kinda Lingers sit start Font 7C at the same crag.

Barnaby commented:

"Don't Pierdol was a climb I had always avoided because off the small crimps, but after having a few goes I realised that the pain was worth it, all the moves felt amazing. After working through a very contorted sequence for the start I suddenly found myself reaching for the top crimp on only my fifth try. I had one more go but the pain was too much! I came back a week later and did it first go. A wonderful moment that came as quite a shock!"

Barnaby Ventham Repeats Don't Pierdol 8A+, 109 kb
Barnaby Ventham Repeats Don't Pierdol 8A+
© Barnaby Ventham Collection
Barnaby is on good form at the moment and climbed his first 8A+ problem last October by making a quick ascent of the classic Fontainebleau problem Karma which was immortalised in the video 'The Real Thing' starring Ben Moon and Jerry Moffatt. Karma was originally graded 8A, but damage to some holds has bumped it up to 8A+.

As well as climbing on the Southern Sandstone, Barnaby has also spent a lot of time recently climbing at Dinas Rock in South Wales where he has made several boulder first ascents including Mega Ten 7C+.

Barnaby is sponsored by Lyon Equipment; La Sportiva, Petzl, Beal, and also by Karma Climbing.

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