Obsession Fatale E8 6c by Anna Taylor

20 year-old Anna Taylor has ticked Obsession Fatale E8 6c, her first of the grade. The 10m 'ultra sketchy slab' was first climbed by Julian Lines in 1992 and involves some delicate moves near the top.

Anna on the teetery top moves of Obsession Fatale E8 6c., 103 kb
Anna on the teetery top moves of Obsession Fatale E8 6c.
© Neil Gresham

The route had been on Anna's to-do list for a year or so since she first heard of it. A fortuitous finger injury a couple of weeks ago brought the climb back into her thoughts. 'I could only really climb slabs, so it seemed like the perfect time to check it out,' she explained. 'I still wasn't sure whether or not I'd be able to climb it, but thankfully the holds on the hard section are monos and pebbles, so I could get away without using the bad finger at all.'

On Anna's first session, she climbed it cleanly while self-belaying after working out the moves. She commented: 'This made me think that I could probably go for the solo quite soon, but I had one more session on a top rope to get into the flow of the moves without having to pull rope up every few feet.'

Describing the line, Anna told UKC: 'The bottom section is almost misleadingly easy up until some good footholds at three-quarter height. From there to the top is the crux section, which is really balancy and insecure. It's also pretty committing as if you step off the footholds you can't really go back and you definitely want to avoid coming off the last few moves!'

Anna Taylor climbing Obsession Fatale E8 6c., 148 kb
Anna Taylor climbing Obsession Fatale E8 6c.
© Neil Gresham

On the day, Anna had two attempts at the solo. On her first attempt, she reached the rest footholds and couldn't make herself commit to the crux section due to the injury potential. 'After getting rescued, I took about 40 minutes to clear my head and tried again,' she explained. 'It was still pretty scary, but I knew as long as I kept my head together it was unlikely I'd fall off, and I really didn't want to walk away having not tried.'

Anna summed up:

'I'm really happy to have got the route done, as it feels like a step forward from routes I've done before, and it's definitely got me psyched for the grit season!'

Anna adds Obsession Fatale to her ascent of the bold and thin slab Scallop E7 6b (solo) and the blunt arête Plain Sailing E7 6b (lead) at Armathwaite.

Anna is sponsored by: La Sportiva and Petzl

Forums 225 comments

First time I recall hearing the phrase, I think, was Berzins talking about Sowden's grading of a new route in the Lakes -- probably in a Mountain mag rock report. Late 80s? Doubtless in circulation before that...
Yes, but who said it first? I've been racking my brains trying to remember! And yes, as said above, the act of grading flour isn't difficult, it's autonomous (you basically push it over a sieve). A bit like organising...
Maybe... but the technical grade at a particular height does influence the E grade. A deckout 5b move at 10m doesn't get the same E grade as a 5c move at 10m etc. There may well be a limit or flattening off of the curve...
Indeed, but at the same time, it's not E9 if you're 5'4"; the consequences of a fall being similar regardless of height, it just makes the likelihood of falling off the reach for the flutings greater. We've all done...
Jordan onsighted POM back in the days when he used to be psyched for bold grit....he tried to os OF the same day - dithered on the crux, jumped into the chimney on the left (no broken legs), quickly dropped a rope down...
Hardly. It was at least 12 years but I could still remember the holds and the sequence. I don't remember Leo doing it but he would have been more than capable. I'd be amazed if it hadn't been onsighted. Chalkstorm...

Read more

This has been read 11,659 times
Return to Latest News