UKC Christmas Quiz 2020 - The Answers

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Thank you to all 687 of you who took part in our 2020 Christmas Quiz! The highest score was 83%. Here are the answers.

Masked Climbers

Louis Parkinson
Calum Muskett
Tom Livingstone and
John McCune
Emma Twyford
Pete Whittaker
Sandy Allan
Natalie Berry
James 'Caff' McHaffie
Billy Ridal
Madeleine Cope
Felicity Butler
Hazel Findlay
Neil Gresham


14. What grade did Adam Ondra fall off (twice) in his video about a trip to Croatia?
15. Which 9b did Will Bosi redpoint in February 2020?
La Capella
16. How many British women climbed E9 this year (slash grades count)
17. Who won the Rab CWIF?
Molly Thompson-Smith and Yoshiyuki Ogata
18. What was the name of Neil Gresham's new E10 on Iron Crag?
Final Score
19. To the nearest hour, how long did Emily Harrington take to climb Golden Gate in a day?
21 hours
20. Which two Welsh trad routes did Angus Kille and Hazel Findlay climb in quick succession?
The Quarryman and Mission Impossible
21. Who made the second ascent of Change 9b+?
Stefano Ghisolfi
22. Who got the second ascent of Tom Randall's The Kraken V13?
Alex Waterhouse
23. What is the name of Aidan Roberts' proposed 8C/+ problem, which could be the hardest in the UK?
24. How many women climbed 9b this year?
25. What was the name of the 8B+ established by Ned Feehally at Yarncliffe, considered to be the hardest boulder problem in the Peak and named in tribute to John Allen?
The Boss
26. What was the name of the surprising bipartisan public lands Bill passed during Trump's presidency in 2020?
The Great American Outdoors Act
27. Who broke the women's Fastest Known Time for a traverse of the Cuillin Traverse?
Kelli Roberts
28. Who made the second ascent of Tribe - possibly the world's hardest trad route - this year?
James Pearson
29. What did Jeff and Priti Wright achieve in their impressive trip to Pakistan?
First Ascent of K6 Central and Third Ascent of K6 West
30. In which week was Great British Bake Off star - and climber and UKC user - Marc Elliot sent home?
Dessert Week

Spot the Difference

7 answers boxed in orange


38. Emily Harrington starred in which well-known American media output recently?
The Joe Rogan Experience
39. Who broke the news of Alex Megos's ascent of Bibliographie 9c before he had the chance to do it himself?
The pizza van man
40. Which British climber appeared on ITV News and Gogglebox this summer?
Steve McClure
41. Seb Berthe had a fantastic summer. He completed the Alpine trilogy and numerous big walls across the Alps, cycling between each route. What inflatable item accompanied him, Nico Favresse and their dogs on their 'bike and climb' trip?
42. Which cetecean briefly hung from Flying Buttress at Stanage this year?
A pilot whale
43. Which USA climber was listed on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list?
Kyra Condie
44. Which toy was launched to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Sport Climbing Barbie
45. Which Sport Climbing athlete is the youngest to qualify for Tokyo 2020?
Colin Duffy
46. Which activity did we say would replace Speed climbing in the Tokyo 2020 Games?
47. How many 8bs did Molly-Thompson-Smith either onsight or flash this summer?
48. What was the name of Jim Pope's popular 2020 climbing film?
Big Balls and Ground Falls
49. What breed of dog was featured in mainstream media following its rescue from Scafell Pike?
Saint Bernard
50. How many E2s did Climbing Blind star Jesse Dufton 'non-sight' this year?




56. Stanage is just one big hold.
Johnny Dawes
57. It goes, boys…
Lynn Hill
58. But what is “success”? The importance of what we do is not in standing upon the summit of our peak but what happens along the way.
Doug Scott
59. I'd started to do a lot of solo climbing and then thought it would be great to try and do Everest totally independently, totally under my own steam, without oxygen.
Alison Hargreaves
60. Remember the mountain will always be there. The trick is to make sure you are too.
Don Whillans
61. I have left and retired for good unless it becomes an Olympic sport and then I'd like to make a comeback.
Robyn Erbesfield

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20 Jan, 2021

The masked climbers round reminded me of the 'Mystery Guest' in Question of Sport. Equally desperate! Would be interesting to know how well folk did in it.

20 Jan, 2021

It was weird how easy I perceived it to be when I already knew who they were, if that makes sense! I can see how much harder it would be otherwise. Although women are said to be better at recognising faces, according to some studies...

And yeah, I know I was one of the masked faces! :)

21 Jan, 2021

I didn't bother entering this year, I scrolled down the faces and apart from you, I didn't recognise any of them - off-putting; a bit like when you can't get the first question right on Pop Master :-(


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