We have a short video of Craig Matheson climbing The Keswickian, E8 7a at Gouther Crags. The first ascent of the route was done by Adam Hocking in 2011 and has since been repeated by Jordan Buys and Dave MacLeod. The video shows Craig climbing a new left-hand finish using the arete, where previous ascentionists have climbed up the slab of One Step Beyond.
The UKC logbook entry describes the climb: The outrageously obvious and brutally hard direct start to One step Beyond through the blunt nose. Massive swing and even more massive rope drag possible from gear in the chimney.
Craig has had a productive year in the Lakes and last summer made the long awaited second ascent of Dave Birkett's Welcome to the Cruel World, the finger-searing crack line from 2002, on Scafell's East Buttress. He also took advantage of last summer's dry weather to climb several new routes on Pike of Blisco including Battle Star (E3 5c), Death Star (E4 6a), Super Star Destroyer (E5 6b) and Photon Torpedo (E7 6b). Over on Dow Crag, Craig also climbed the right-hand wall of Woodhouse's Pinnacle, a very overhanging arête. This feature became Prowess E7 6c.
Craig is sponsored by: Ocun