Pete Dawson adds Something for Nothing 8c to Malham Cove

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).

Pete Dawson on Something for Nothing 8c
© Pete Dawson

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.

He added:

‘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).

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