Mecca 8b+ for 15 year-old Jim Pope

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15 year-old Jim Pope has climbed Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis (8b+) 8b+ at Raven Tor (Miller's Dale), adding to a growing list of hard UK sport climbs following his ascent of Revelations (8b) 8b a few weeks ago.

Having spent just three days on the route - two days last weekend and one day this week, Jim's quick ascent came from being inspired to try Mecca after watching people try it when he was younger: "there was always somebody on it and when I did Revelations a few weekends ago I needed a new project so decided to try it!"

Jim commenting on his Twitter page

"When I did it I felt really surprised because on all my attempts before I was falling going into the groove, and I thought once I stuck the move I'd fall at the top section which I found harder!"

Jim now has his sights set on Mecca Extension (8c) 8c: "Now I might start trying the extension to Mecca because I haven't been that high up on the crag yet so it would be nice to go into some new territory."

He added: "I'd also like to do a bit more trad climbing on the grit now it's getting colder!"

Jim happy after his ascent of Mecca  © UKC News
Jim happy after his ascent of Mecca

The Junior GB Climbing Team member also recently won the Youth A Male category in the British Lead Climbing Championships.

Watch a video of Jim climbing Mecca below:

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Jim Pope is a top British sport, trad and competition climber. He has climbed up to F8c+, had some scary moments on a couple of E9s and has been competing for several years.

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27 Oct, 2014
Superb! Loving it, what a slap for the top hold leaving the groove!! You had plenty left in the tank at the belay by the look of it. What a great effort Jim, the sense of suprise at the belay says it all. Congrats!!
28 Oct, 2014
That's pretty impressive kiddo - keep it up, might me another Ondra in the making here! ;o)
28 Oct, 2014
We'll done Jim mate
28 Oct, 2014
No pressure... Good effort, anyway!
28 Oct, 2014
good effort but whats all the ribbon on the left thigh
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