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A smily Jordan Buys after having repeated Rainshadow 9a at Malham Cove in England on 03/05/2013.
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Malham Cove, home to some of the finest limestone climbing in England.
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Jordan Buys climbs 9a at Malham Cove in England


On 03/05/2013 English climber Jordan Buys repeated Rainshadow 9a at Malham Cove, England.

Slowly but surely and in nigh complete silence Jordan Buys is becoming one of the strongest, most complete climbers in England, managing to send not only difficult boulder problems up to 8B (High Fidelity, Caley) and dangerous trad climbs up to E9 (Widdop Wall, Widdop), but also calibre sports climbs.

The latest news stems from last Friday when Buys repeated Rainshadow, the outstanding route freed by Steve McClure at Malham Cove exactly a decade ago. The route starts up Raindogs (on of England's most famous 8a's) to then continue past the chain and breach the enormous roof.

"I'm super pleased to have done this route. Cant stop smiling!" was Jordan's comment this morning and quite rightly so: he's in excellent company as the only other climber to have sent Rainshadow is Adam Ondra. For the record, this is also the first time that one of Steve McClure's many fearsome 9a's has been repeated by a Brit. A moment many have waited for since 1988!

Steve McClure on Rainshadow 9a at Malham Cove, a clip from the video Psyche -'Magic Numbers' by Posing Productions

TOPO: Malham Cove, England





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