Pete Dawson has continued ticking his way through Malham Cove by adding a variation to the finish of Cry Freedom 8b+, graded 8c and named Something for Nothing. Pete recently managed to tick Bat Route 8c on his third go and Unjustified 8b+/c in just two attempts (UKC News Report).
The route adds three quickdraws of alternative climbing from roughly two-thirds of the way up Cry Freedom, finishing with a boulder of about 7B difficulty. The line was originally bolted by Aaron Tonks and has attracted attention from a handful of climbers over the years.
Pete first tried the line a couple of weeks ago with Ted Kingsnorth and returned last weekend, making two serious redpoint attempts.
‘On both goes I got to the top boulder problem but had run out of power. One of the hardest parts was making this heel-toe cam stick right at the top and when I was pumped it was hard to be that accurate.
‘I went back with Chris Shepherd and Ted. For two more goes I fell on the top boulder problem, then Pete Chadwick suggested I could take a sneaky rest on a heel. This gave me enough to finish the route even though I was tired from two previous attempts. I skipped a quickdraw at the top so I had a five metre run out by the time I was through the crux.’
Pete recently moved to Manchester from Devon to begin his university studies and is clearly making the most of his new local limestone crags.
‘It was my first first ascent and to do it at such a well known crag is a real high point in my climbing so far. I chose the name because I thought it was a nice phrase and I feel like climbing gives me something for nothing in my life.’
Pete has been ticking grade 8 sport routes around Europe from a young age, with a particularly successful trip to Spain in 2014, where he climbed ten routes from 8a - 8b+ (UKC News Report).