"I climbed One Step in the Clouds (VS), The Weaver (E2), Strawberries (E7) and Cream (E4). It's hard to say which is the best route, it's either The Weaver or One Step. Pulling round on to that slab on One Step was fantastic, such great rock, with all the hidden holds and cracks." commented Jorg.
When told that 'everyone' falls off Strawberries he said:
"It's a great route. I guess people have just been unlucky. I really enjoyed it."
Strawberries (sometimes graded E6, often considered E7) is a tough but safe route taking a striking crackline on the Vector headwall of Craig Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog. It was first climbed by Ron Fawcett back 1980. The first ascent without pre-placed gear was by Johnny Woodward in 1982 and the first (and until this week only) on sight was by Stefan Glowacz in 1987.
German super-star climber Stefan Glowacz, who was also climbing at Tremadog the morning that Jorg onsighted Strawberries (Glowacz was enjoying the classic route of Vulcan!), responded to the joke that his 'crown' had been taken:
"Time moves on man!" he laughed.
Although Jorg didn't struggle with the route, it has seen off many good climbers over the years and is still awaiting a British onsight. But who will it be? UKC's money is on Steve McClure, mainly because almost everyone else has already fallen off it!
Jorg, who isn't that well known in the UK, has had a couple of trips to the gritstone over the last few years, but this was his first time in North Wales. Jorg was visiting with the Marmot team (see UKC announcement) and staying at Plas y Brenin. Unfortunately he didn't get the best weather, but did also manage a slightly soggy ascent of T-REX at Gogarth.
Jorg won the overall Lead World Cup back in 2008, has flashed several F8c routes and has climbed Font 8B.
On a previous quick trip to the grit he onsighted Paralogism (E7) at The Roaches, and he has also climbed Shine On (E7) at Stanage.
You can read more about him on his website: JorgVerhoeven.com
As recently reported, a team of young British alpinists consisting of Uisdean Hawthorn, Ben Silvestre and Pete Graham established... Read more
31 year old Austrian climber Angela 'Angy' Eiter has become the first woman to climb 9b, according to a post by 8a.nu. Angy... Read more
US climbers Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds have shaved four minutes off the previous record for climbing The Nose on El Capitan... Read more
The BMC have reported that the recent Storm Ophelia has left the popular crag Craig Bwlch y Moch (Tremadog) in North Wales in a... Read more
Last November, Jorg Verhoeven made the first repeat of Tommy Caldwell's Dihedral Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite. Caldwell first... Read more
I'd like to create some awareness of the problems around the European Bouldering Championships this year. As some will know,... Read more