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VIDEO: Statement of Youth Trailer

Today we are pleased to release the trailer for UKC's new feature-length documentary: Statement of Youth. The 1980's saw climbing standards rise exponentially. At the start of the decade, 7b+ was cutting edge, but by the end of the 80's 9a was the new world standard. By the end of the decade, the sport had changed beyond recognition and a paradigm was set for future generations.

A small group of climbers would do anything to climb full-time: sleeping in sheds underneath crags, shoplifting for food and clothes, and living off the dole. These climbers were living outside the rest of society and went on to become the most influential figures in the history of British climbing.

Directed by Nick Brown

Featuring: Jerry Moffatt, Ben Moon, Andy Pollitt, Johnny Dawes, Chris Gore, Martin 'Basher' Atkinson, Zippy, Craig Smith, Steve the Pro, Quentin Fisher, Mark Leach, and Ed Douglas.

The film will premiere at Kendal Mountain Festival and then will be free to view on UKC.

Statement of Youth has been supported by Boreal and BMC TV.



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Yes, a massive difference in how gear has influenced climbing standards over the years. This I believe is the prime reason for why levels skyrocketed in the '80s but any increases have been gradual since then. Although...
I would also add that Whillans and Brown were climbing in the little black gym shoes from Woolworths, or rigid mountain boots.  And carrying peg hammers and pitons.  Nuts were...just nuts, on a sling.  The gear...
True, but also sticky boots (Fire's), chalk and Wild Country Friends also helped.  When I went from EB's to Fire's my technical grade immediately went up.  With Friends and chalk, my fear factor went down. Lycra may...
All this talk about grade progression through the ages ignores the progressions/evolution made in  climbing CULTURE - surely at least as important. Yes they probably have a symbiotic relationship, and surely the...
Severe..!! Lovely. I led it ground up earlier this year, having gotten a bit lost and tried to go up then left from the spike rather than just left. Went feet first back in to the cave to give my belayer a good kick...
Of course this is the modern grade. In the 1948 guide it was given 'Severe'! I seconded it about 25 years ago, and found it well deserving of E1, and a lot harder than it looked. I had been told it was 'E1 5a' and...

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