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Big Balls & Ground Falls - Hard Trad in the Peak

The film below is three years' worth of footage of some desperate trad climbing in the Peak District. With footage piling up on his hard drive, strong youth Jim Pope decided to use the lockdown wisely and edit Big Balls & Ground Falls.

Jim told UKC: 'I've always been into good basic climbing films with little storyline and just lots of footage. Films like 'Consumed' from Dan Honeyman and 'A Shock of the New' always got me psyched to go and try the routes I'd seen in them. I wanted to recreate something similar with the current climbers, to get people psyched to go out and do those routes.'


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Jim Pope is a top British sport, trad and competition climber. He has climbed up to F8c+, had some scary moments on a couple of E9s and has been competing for several years.

His hardest ascents...

Jim's Athlete Page 16 posts 4 videos


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27 Apr

Brilliant, has a nice retro feel to it as well. And Wimberry really is savage isn't it! There's 3 or 4 pages in the rockfax where pretty much every route is in the black group.

27 Apr

Watched this last night and it's brilliant!

That's what climbings about :)

27 Apr

Heartstopping moment right at the end!

27 Apr

Great watch, really got us sweating just sat here. I just wonder why most of them don't wear helmets? Not having a go, just curious.

27 Apr

GREAT video, thanks a lot

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