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!
"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."
"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."