John is best known for his desperate limestone boulder problems in Lancashire, plus his unrepeated micro-route Violent New Breed (F9a+) at Giggleswick in Yorkshire.
Many of his boulder problems remain unrepeated, their reputation for having tiny holds and desperate individual moves puts them low on the list of many of today's power-house roof specialists.
The DMM Website quotes: "John Gaskins: No one can pull on smaller holds...".
Perhaps DMM are right, but lakesbloc guru Greg Chapman hasn't been put off. Making good use of the current low temperatures, Greg has succeeded on one of Gaskins' horrors at Fairy Steps, Lancashire. Walk Away (stand-up start) is graded V13 (Font 8B) and is a vertical wall of limestone, smattered with tiny holds.
"I know it's not been repeated before, although I have no idea how many people have tried it." said Greg, after his ascent.
Gaskins first climbed the problem back in 2001 and added an even harder sit start in 2003 (V15/Font 8C) which still remains unrepeated.
Greg described his training for the problem:
"I'd been trying it for the last few months, on and off, probably around seven sessions. Interspersed with plenty of board sessions and campus laddering - this helped a lot, as you need to get quite a bit of momentum out of your arms."
And commented on the grade:
Greg Chapman works for Rock + Run as General Manager. You can read more about him on his profile at rockrun.com.
You can view a close up photo of the holds here:
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