UKC Christmas Quiz 2018 - The Answers

Thank you to all 948 of you who took part in our 2018 Christmas Quiz. We apologise for the difficulty...maybe! Congratulations to Rickie and JBO who placed =1st with a score of 75%. Raffle winners will be selected at random from the list of entrants and contacted this week.

UKC Christmas Quiz, 179 kb
UKC Christmas Quiz
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Happy New Year from the UKC/Rockfax team!


How many gold medals did Janja Garnbret win in total at the World Championships in Innsbruck this year?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 1
  • 4

Who set a winter Cuillin record in February this year?

  • Uisdean Hawthorn
  • Finlay Wild
  • Tim Gomersall
  • Dave MacLeod

Adam Ondra made the first flash of a 9a+ this year. Which route did he flash?

  • Supercrackinette
  • La Rambla
  • Underground Dreaming
  • Thor's Hammer

Will Bosi made the first repeat of which 9a this spring?

  • Hunger
  • Evolution
  • Fight the Feeling
  • The Meltdown

Which team set a new speed record on The Nose this year?

  • Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell
  • Alex Honnold and Hans Florine
  • Tommy Caldwell and Brad Gobright
  • Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds

Who became the second woman to boulder 8C this year?

  • Katrin Lehmann
  • Alex Puccio
  • Babsi Zangerl
  • Juliane Wurm

Who made the first repeat of Recovery Drink 5.14+ in Norway this year?

  • Daniel Jung
  • Pete Whittaker
  • Tom Randall
  • Jacopo Larcher

Who became Britain's first World Youth Champion this year?

  • Hannah Slaney
  • Emily Phillips
  • Aidan Roberts
  • Hamish McArthur

8-year-old Edward Mills raised over £30,000 for Climbers Against Cancer this year by climbing which sea stack?

  • The Old Man of Hoy
  • The Old Man of Storr
  • Am Buachaille
  • Yesnaby Castle

Who repeated Beth Rodden's Meltdown 5.14c in Yosemite?

  • Carlo Traversi
  • Jorg Verhoeven
  • Jacopo Larcher
  • Adam Ondra


A Starbucks branch opened in which major US climbing area this spring?

  • Yosemite
  • Bear's Ears National Park
  • Red River Gorge
  • Rumney

Which piece of equipment was described by a fashion website as experiencing a 'quiet renaissance' in men's fashion this year?

  • Carabiner
  • Accessory cord
  • Slings
  • Rock shoes

Which UKC staff member was reportedly honoured with an MBE this year?

  • Rob Greenwood
  • Natalie Berry
  • Alan James
  • Nick Brown

Which brand defaced Malham Cove in an advertising campaign featuring footballers this summer?

  • Yorkshire Tea
  • Henderson's Relish
  • John Smiths
  • Tetley's

How many speed records were set on The Nose this year?

  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 4

What did Alex Honnold encounter during his free solo of El Capitan?

  • A man in a unicorn onesie
  • Tommy Caldwell
  • A man in a crocodile suit
  • A voice telling him to stop

Which film currently has the highest audience score on film rating site

  • Dawn Wall
  • Predator (1987)
  • Free Solo
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Who has the most Instagram followers?

  • Jimmy Chin
  • Alex Honnold
  • Bear Grylls
  • Sasha DiGiulian

Which UKC staff member will feature on the new Rockfax El Chorro guide?

  • Paul Phillips
  • Rob Greenwood
  • Alan James
  • Natalie Berry

What's the name of Shauna Coxsey's dog?

  • Arthur
  • Archie
  • Benji
  • Brisket


  • The Bat - Ben Nevis
  • The Lark - Cratcliffe
  • Swordfish - Stackpole, Pembroke
  • Praying Mantis - Goat Crag
  • Oyster - Upper Pen Trywn
  • Rhinoceros - Haytor
  • Scorpion - Bowden Doors
  • Aardvark - Gogarth

  • Angry Cat - Carreg y Bacud (Kitten Claws)
  • Legendary Horse - Scafell (Shadowfax)
  • Morning Rush - Gogarth (Rat Race)
  • Darwin's Boat - Creag an Dubh Loch (Voyage of the Beagle)
  • Large Eel does funky dance - Fisherman's Ledge (The Conger)
  • Poisonous Serpent - Stanage (The Asp)
  • Jumped over the moon - Yellow Wall (The Cow)
  • Soggy Pup - Malham (Raindogs)
  • Pat Littlejohn's Dog - GO Wall (The Jackel)


  • eye moist
    • Clue: A climbing mecca = Yosemite
  • add love mace
    • Clue: An all-rounder = Dave MacLeod
  • mathew tiara
    • Clue: A Cumbrian crag = Armathwaite
  • lubing mick
    • Clue: A dodgy website = UKClimbing
  • monk slay
    • Clue: Lots of tufas here = Kalymnos


Crackstone Rib, Carreg Wastad

One of the great Welsh Classics. It has a fine exposed rib pitch which is especially photogenic. Start at the foot of *****

1) 30ft. Climb a short crack to a ledge. Belay on the left.

2) 80ft. Follow a well-worn traverse leftwards to the arete passing a depression, good runners. Step round boldly and follow the arete in an exposed position to reach a ledge. A short wall leads to a better ledge.

3) 65ft. Climb the easy groove on the right to a corner. Continue up to a traverse line on the left wall. Follow this to finish up a short crack.

Nectar, Stanage

Undeniably one of the finest routes on gritstone. It is technically sustained and with good protection. A demanding sequence of bridging and laybacking moves up the corner leads to a welcome rest under the roof. Leaning from the right reach the roof crack above the corner. Follow this with great difficulty. Purists and the small may have to climb out from the back!

Little Brown Jug, Bosigran

A must for any competent party, one of the best routes of its grade in *****. Start 50ft right of the Coal Face, by a small overhung corner.

1) 70ft, 4b. Break out right over the overhang and follow the slim groove to ledges and a belay on the left.

2) 60ft. Climb diagonally right to belay on a ledge just left of an overhanging tongue of rock.

3) 70ft, 4c. Take the leftward-curving crack to a black ledge, peg runner, and pull over the bulge. Continue to the trough of Ledge Climb and climb the overhanging crack to the top.

Little Chamonix, Shepherd's Crag

One of the UKs most popular multi-pitch climbs - a true classic - long, varied and with a much photographed top pitch. Start below a short right-facing corner/crack 5m right of the pinnacle.

1) 28m. Climb the short right-facing corner/crack and then move right to a corn

2) 23m. Climb the left-hand groove and at its end gain the top of a block. Sidle right along it and get established in a slabby corner. Follow the arête to a stance and belays.

3) 11m. Head up the wall to a small pinnacle and from its top climb the short steep exposed wall to the top (or the crack right of the pinnacle).


Free Solo

In the film, who was Alex Honnold climbing with when he injured himself both times (first his back, then his ankle)?

  • Sanni McCandless
  • Beth Rodden
  • Tommy Caldwell
  • Peter Croft

How long did his free solo ascent on Freerider take?

  • 3 hours and 56 minutes
  • 5 hours and 12 minutes
  • 7 hours
  • 1 hour and 58 minutes

Which pitch did Alex intially bail on?

  • Freeblast Slab
  • Boulder Problem
  • Endurance Corner
  • The Monster

Statement of Youth

Which French climber infamously soloed Jerry Moffatt's Revelations at Raven Tor in 1985?

  • Antoine le Menestrel
  • Marc le Menestrel
  • Jibé Tribout
  • Patrick Edlinger

Finish the quote: "When 6c's not that hard and 6b's…"

  • Approaching a rest
  • Absolute piss
  • Confusingly easy
  • Easy for Ben Moon

Which climb is now widely considered to be the first proper sport route in the UK?

  • Statement of Youth
  • Revelations
  • Masterclass
  • Tequila Mockingbird

Who featured on the front cover of the first issue of On The Edge?

  • Ben Moon
  • Andy Pollitt
  • Jerry Moffatt
  • Chris Gore

Jibe Tribout extended Ben Moon's Maginot Line and initially named it…:

  • The Moon in the Gutter
  • Over the Moon
  • Superplafont
  • Agincourt

Jerry Moffatt's Masterclass at Lower Pen Trywyn was named after a famous climber saw Jerry on the first ascent. Who was it?

  • Wolfgang Gullich
  • Andy Pollitt
  • Martin 'Basher' Atkinson
  • Kurt Albert

Who first came up with the concept of a cellar board?

  • Andy Pollitt
  • Chris Gore
  • Wolfgang Gullich
  • Marc le Menestrel

Which Sheffield road infamously hosted a huge number of young climbers in a house that would eventually be condemned by the council?

  • Hunter House Road
  • Abbeydale Road
  • Sharrowvale Road
  • Penryn Road

Forums 1 comments

I should confess that my score was a joint family effort - we had 7 climbers from 3 generations sat around the computer! (me, as well as my granny, grandpa, mum, dad, sister and girlfriend) Post edited at 18:52
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