Do You Know Where Your Children Are? E8 6c by Emma Twyford

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Emma Twyford has ticked James Pearson's rarely-repeated Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (E8 6c) E8 6c at Huntsman's Leap in Pembroke.

Emma Twyford on Do you know where your children are E8 6c.  © Ray Wood
Emma Twyford on Do you know where your children are E8 6c.
© Ray Wood

Although the line was not her main objective at Pembroke, after a brief inspection Emma felt up for the lead and made light work of the route. She told UKC:

'I've got other projects in mind, but with lockdown I thought 'Do you know where your children are?' was more amenable. I checked it out whilst Caff [James McHaffie] was on Nothing to Fear and found the moves hard but OK with enough kit to be happy to lead it.'

The line begins up the E6 Black Lagoon before heading up Dusk til Dawn E8 6c with some athletic moves on top quality rock. Emma described it as follows:

'The start is the scary bit, and I found the bit hitting the pockets on Dusk til Dawn the biggest and hardest move, but it was safe. The lead on this route went surprisingly smoothly, first time. It felt easier due to trying hard on lead than it did working the moves.'

This is Emma's hardest trad route post-lockdown to date, but she's been equally on-form in sport climbing of late, ticking Air Show 8a+ and Helvetia 8b+ at Rhossili Beach. She commented:

'Helvetia had been my training plan for trying another route in Pembroke, a couple of weekends before I climbed Airshow and quickly checked Helvetia but was too tired to give it a good go. I got close on Helvetia on Saturday falling high up twice but managed it first go and fourth redpoint attempt on the Sunday. It's a cool route, a little conditions-dependent but I was happy to fight my way through it. The climbing there is like nothing else in the UK, steep and pumpy!'

How has Emma managed to spring back to form so quickly after lockdown? It wasn't through intense fingerboarding or doing circuits on a homeboard as you might expect. She told UKC:

'I probably did the opposite of most people in lockdown. I did some core, played on the rings and pull up bar. I played around a bit on an aerial hoop, but I mostly took the time to rest and learnt to crochet. I was pretty worn out from a few heavy months of routesetting up until the end of March. I was burnt out both physically and mentally so I took the time to rest and let my body recover.'

Watch a video of Charlie Woodburn climbing the line below:

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Emma is one of the very best climbers operating in the current British scene. She has flashed both E7 and F8a, headpointed E9 and is the first British woman to redpoint F9a.

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10 Aug, 2020

Brilliant film, made my palms sweat.

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