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James Pearson making a ground-up repeat of Is not always Pasqua, the E9 trad freed in 2002 by Mauro Calibani at Collina di Interprete, Italy
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James Pearson repeats Is not always Pasqua at Interprete, Italy

25.12.2013 by Planetmountain

At the Italian crag Collina di Interprete James Pearson has made the first ground-up repeat of Is not always Pasqua, the E9 trad climb freed in 2002 by Mauro Calibani and repeated only by Cristian Brenna. Furthermore, two days previously the British rock climber freed a route at the same crag of similar difficulty.

Few details to go by for now, but what we have is certainly interesting: on 16 December English climber James Pearson managed to repeat Is not always Pasqua, the trad climb at Interprete in Central Italy freed by Mauro Calibani on 15 October 2002 and then repeated a year later by Cristian Brenna. Pearson chose to repeat the route in fine style: ground-up, no prior checking from above or toprope practice, placing all the gear on lead.

The repeat came about after a fall and a previous attempt in 2012 and was, according to Pearson, "an amazing moment, and a big surprise." It's worth noting that Pearson added that this is "probably my hardest trad route to date." More information will follow in due course, including details about a route near by freed on 14 December by Pearson and with similar difficulties to Is not always Pasqua. In the meantime, enjoy the video of the repeat and for more information check out onceuponaclimb.co.uk.

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