New E9, and rare repeats at E7 and E8 for Jim Pope

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Jim Pope has had a productive couple of weeks at Kinder Northern Edges, having made a rare repeat of the remote Highball That You Bastards! (E7 6b), before going on to make a first ascent on the same section of rock just a few days ago. 

Highball That You Bastards was first climbed in 2004 by Ben Tetler, who first worked the route on top rope, before going on to solo it. Prior to Jim's ascent at the end of May, it had received just three repeats in the twenty years that followed.

Highball that you bastards  © jimpopeonarope
Highball that you bastards
© jimpopeonarope, May 2024

In addition to being high above a steep hillside, the physical difficulty of Highball That You Bastards is complemented by both its remote location and the fact that it requires the climber to stand on a highly suspect flake.

Writing of his repeat of the route, Jim had the following to say:

When climbing Highball That You Bastards, Jim saw potential for another line. Wasting little time, he returned to the northern edges of Kinder last week, and established Polar Front (E9 6c)

Where Highball That You Bastards climbs up the right side of the face, traversing leftwards using the suspect flake for the feet, Polar Front heads leftwards earlier, climbing beneath the flake and then up the longer headwall to its left. 

Whilst Jim soloed Highball That You Bastards, he climbed Polar Front on lead, protecting the crux moves with a size 0 cam, saying, on instagram, that it would be 'hard to know how well it would hold a fall'.

Sharing news of the first ascent, Jim said:

'Spotted this line a few weeks ago when climbing HTYB, and was keen to return asap! June isn't your usual grit climbing month, but the polar front brought some arctic air this week and a couple of sub 5°C evenings up there'.

'It's a really proud line, taking the steep break before a nervy headwall. Be careful of the flake! I think it weighs in around E9 6C but could do with another opinion if anyone fancies the walk!'

As if that weren't enough 'summer' gritstone, in between these two ascents, Jim found time to head over to Wimberry Rocks to make yet another rare repeat, this time of Dave Pegg's suitably named MaDMAn (E8 6b).

The bold arete, first climbed in 1994, had seen just a single repeat in thirty years prior to Jim's. You can read our write-up of the second ascent, from back in 2014, here

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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.

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Great stuff. HTYB is an awesome line, and one of the best names around :)

17 Jun

Madman is a serious tick, good work!

Good effort!

Let this be a lesson to all the high moorland edges are never in condition believers.. you'll be fine on that VS you've always fancied without two weeks wall to wall sunshine :)

17 Jun

"There is so much I could say about it [MaDMAn], but the lack of information and only the single photo of Dave creates a certain reputation and unknown mystery, which gives the route its character. I wouldn’t want to change that with a load of chat so I’ll just leave it here"

This both seems appropriate and cool as fck.

17 Jun


Must have been in ecstasy.

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