Seven x 7C+ - 8B for Ellis Butler Barker

Ellis Butler-Barker has swapped hard sport routes for bouldering recently after completing some new problems at the cave Ash Hole in Brixham. Ellis has climbed seven problems between 7C+ to 8B in the past few months.

He told UKC:

"I've done a few of the problems over the past few months and each time I go I spot a new line which is a bit harder and get psyched to go back!

Ellis on Prepossanne Stand 8A, 162 kb
Ellis on Prepossanne Stand 8A
© Charlotte Warner

"Prepossanne was the main line which I'd been trying for quite a while and is one of my hardest boulders yet, I think it sits somewhere between 8A+ and 8B. It's big moves on really bad holds on a 45 degree wall, I'm currently trying a lower start to this too which starts by climbing a roof and then joins into Prepossanne. It's desperate!"

Last weekend Ellis climbed Needing Anne 8A+ and Sleepless Nights 8A. Returning on Wednesday, Ellis climbed a new problem which again - in his opinion - sits between 8A+ and 8B named 'Come back Charlie': 

"This is the roof start into Prepossanne Left and has taken around 4/5 sessions to get done! It's been an exciting process discovering all these new boulder problems and has given me some hard things to try which push me."

Ellis added:

"It's been a funny past week and one of the toughest of my life yet so to do my hardest boulders has been amazing and I can't believe I got them done under these circumstances."


Ellis is sponsored by: Five Ten and Mammut

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