James Pearson on Harder Faster E9 7a Fri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Black Rocks in the Peak District, where James Pearson attempts to make the third ascent of Charlie Woodburn's Harder Faster (E9 7a) (E9 7a). James talks about witnessing his friend Toby 'Lucky Chance' Benham make the second ascent and sets off on his own attempt nearly twenty years after.

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James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock...

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10 Dec, 2021

Good effort.

10 Dec, 2021

Amazing! This route has always seemed the stuff of utter horror.


10 Dec, 2021

Amazing and bold. Just interesting to see/hear his friend who looked so young yomped up it, now James does it, wearing back protector, 2 x belayers, one on each rope, but in reality do either of these things make it less precarious, different times, same consequence if stuffed up. Great to see. Well done James.

10 Dec, 2021

From the comfort of my armchair I’ve always thought that route is the ultimate in in bold gritstone horrors and there was nothing in that video to change my mind.

11 Dec, 2021

That top-out made me feel slightly nauseous.

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