James Pearson Flashes Pembroke E9 Newsflash

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On Tuesday 2nd September, James Pearson made a flashed ascent of Charlie Woodburn's Something's Burning, E9 7a, in Stennis Ford, Pembroke. This is potentially the first flash of a route of this grade, certainly away from the grit.

The news was broken on James' facebook page:

James was given very detailed beta for the moves and gear on the route by his wife and climbing partner, Caroline Ciavaldini, allowing him to climb the route on his first try, giving him his first E9 flash and the first E9 flash to date.

Something's Burning was first climbed by Charlie Woodburn in 2012 with the route giving sustained and bold climbing at a difficulty of around 8a+/b protected by small wires (UKC News Report).

You can watch a video of Charlie making the first ascent below:

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4 Sep, 2014
Big numbers. I have forgotten what flash means. Is it first attempt + no falls, but having knowledge of route's moves ?
4 Sep, 2014
Yes, sounds about right.
4 Sep, 2014
Yes, moves and gear
4 Sep, 2014
Yep. James and Caro seem to have taken it to a slightly more advanced and detailed level than just your mate telling you that the crux is tricky but there's a bomber thread to protect it and the top slab is a bit necky but basically easy, and I think that's part of the reason that they clock some impressive E-numbers. On the other hand, the other part of the reason is basically waddage.
4 Sep, 2014
Thanks All. Is this like an onsight(*) E7? * Climbed with just the guidebook description as beta
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