James Squire


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James Squire is a top British boulderer, mainly operating in the south of England. He has established many grade 8 boulder problems. His crowning achievement so far is the first ascent of The World is Yours (8C)  at Biblins Cave.

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James Squire on Infamous 8B.  © James Squire.

News Two New Dartmoor 8B/+s by James Squire

In recent weeks, James Squire has added two new problems to Bovey Woods, which sits above Bovey Tracey with numerous boulders hidden away in the woodland. The rock is classic sharp Dartmoor granite with many highball problems. One year ago, Jam...

James Squire on Spray of Light  © James Squire
James Squire on Spray of Light  © James Squire

News Font 8C for James Squire in Rocklands

James Squire has had a productive trip to Rocklands, South Africa, ticking Spray of Light, a Font 8C first climbed by Daniel Woods in 2015. The problem has been repeated by a number of strong climbers including Dave Graham and Shawn Raboutou. The route is...

The Winner Takes It All (8B) at Saddle Tor  © Keiha Dhruev
The Winner Takes It All (8B) at Saddle Tor  © Keiha Dhruev

News New Dartmoor Boulder Problems for James Squire

James Squire has added two hard boulder problems on Saddle Tor, Dartmoor. The first problem, Take a Chance on Me (8A), is an obvious line that has been 'hiding in plain sight' according to James. The Winner Takes It All' (8B) climbs directly up...

The problem extends Johnny Kydd\'s WADzilla (8B)  © James Squire
The problem extends Johnny Kydd\'s WADzilla (8B)  © James Squire

News New Font 8C at Biblins Cave from James Squire

21-year-old James Squire has climbed a new problem at Biblins Cave and proposed a grade of Font 8C. James has been...

James Squire - The Never Ending Story  © James Squire
James Squire - The Never Ending Story  © James Squire

News The Never Ending Story 8B+ for James Squire

James Squire has climbed The Never Ending Story (8B+), his first of the grade. The problem is perched on the edge of...

James Squire on Electro Boogie 8A+  © James Squire
James Squire on Electro Boogie 8A+  © James Squire

News James Squire on Form in Magic Wood

19 year-old James Squire has just returned from a successful two-week trip to Magic Wood in Switzerland, climbing ten problems...

James Squire on Catching the Wave V11  © James Squire
James Squire on Catching the Wave V11  © James Squire

News V11/12 Dartmoor First Ascents for James Squire

This autumn James Squire claimed the first ascent of two new problems on The Wave boulder at Bonehill Rocks on...

James Squire attempting Snatch, 8A, last year before his successful ascent this year.  © Squire Coll.
James Squire attempting Snatch, 8A, last year before his successful ascent this year.  © Squire Coll.

News Quick Grit 8As for 17 year old James Squire

Ellis Butler Barker on the thin crimps of Guy Fawkes, Font 8A  © Tommy Harris
Ellis Butler Barker on the thin crimps of Guy Fawkes, Font 8A  © Tommy Harris

News Font 8A at The Cuttings for Young Pair

James Squire climbing 'Boy Racer' at Dinas Rock (Main Crag).  © Beastly Squirrel
James Squire climbing 'Boy Racer' at Dinas Rock (Main Crag).  © Beastly Squirrel

News First Font 8A for 15 Year-old James Squire


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