New 8B for Ben Bransby

© Ben Bransby

Ben Bransby has made the first ascent of Big Leviathan (f8B) at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, Wales.

He has given the boulder 8B, making it his third first ascent at the grade, alongside Bon Atrocity (V13) and Gwyllgi (f8B).

Big Leviathan is the third extension to Leviathan (crouch start) (f7C+), first climbed in October 2022 by James Taylor and Sam Tollhurst.

FA of Leviathan  © J.Taylor
FA of Leviathan
© J.Taylor, Sep 2022

The following week, Bransby added a lower start to the boulder, establishing Leviathan sds (f8A+)

Then, in June 2023, Tim Blake extended the original line in the other direction, adding in a high finish via a nasty crimp, to establish Leviathan Extension (crouch start) (f8A)

Finally, earlier this month, Bransby linked the entire line, from the sitting start through to the high finish, to establish Big Leviathan. 

Writing in his UKC logbook, Bransby said:

'Pumpy. Blowing hard on the top. Thought this was going to be a touch harder but didn't quite feel like the + today.'

'I have a feeling this climb suits me, both in the style of climbing and morphology so grade may be conservative. Nice to do the full line'.

'Good effort to James and Sam finding the original and Tim on the extension'.

The ascent marks the continuation of a strong bouldering year for Bransby, who made an ascent of one of Gritstones hardest boulders - The Boss (f8B+) - just two months ago.

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