Is Hubble The World's First 9a?

Ben Moon on his historic ascent of Hubble 9a
Planet Mountain have a fantastic interview with Adam Ondra about the routes he has failed on. One of those routes is the Raven Tor test-piece Hubble, first climbed by Ben Moon back in 1990 and graded 8c+.

The route has seen only a handful of repeats in the last 22 years, and despite a couple of visits, Adam Ondra hasn't managed a clean ascent.

Adam commented on Planet mountain:

"The world's first 8c+, which could be easily even 9a in my opinion. It is not the most inspiring line, it seems more like a boulder problem with a rope and easier topout, but one must admit that it is of revolutionary difficulty for its time and I believe that it isn't by any means easier than Action Directe, the world's first 9a established a year later..."

Steve McClure, one of the UK's top climbers repeated Hubble in the summer of 2009 and commented to UKC:

"If it was a boulder problem it would be Font 8B. It is a boulder problem really, it just needs a rope. It's only about 7 hand movements, 9 if you're short. After that there is a breather before a relatively easy section, still around F7c+ and very drop-able."

More Hubble photos - including Niall Grimes (But did he do it!? ;-)

Steve McClure climbing Hubble F8c+, 189 kb
Steve McClure climbing Hubble F8c+
© Keith Sharples
Dave Graham on Hubble 8c+, Raven Tor, The Peak District, 81 kb
Dave Graham on Hubble 8c+, Raven Tor, The Peak District
© Keith Sharples and Ben doing Hubble...., 111 kb and Ben doing Hubble....
© JM, BM, NG
The line of Hubble (8c+) at Raven Tor., 88 kb
The line of Hubble (8c+) at Raven Tor.
© Alan James

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