Home page Planetmountain.com
James Pearson making a rare repeat of The Quarryman above Llanberis, North Wales in April 2016
Photo by Neil Hart
INFO / links & info:

James Pearson climbing The Quarryman in North Wales


The video by Neil Hart of James Pearson climbing The Quarryman in the Llanberis slate quarries in North Wales.

The Quarryman has an awesome reputation. Perched high up in the slate quarries above Llanberis in North Wales, this 4-pitch outing was first ascended in 1986 by Johnny Dawes, one of the most influential climbers in Britain during the ’80’s and 90’s. It featured in the cult climbing film Stone Monkey, yet despite its fame, in its three decades of existence this E8 has only had a handful of repeats.

A necky and intimidating start leads to the unique groove pitch. Dawes told planetmountain.com in 2011 that that this "it requires you to climb very accurately while your body is under a full physical assualt. To succeed, you really need to master both its technicality and physicality."

After his ascent in 2011 Steve McClure explained that he had climbed 8c in shorter time and with less effort, while James Pearson repeated it in 2016 and stated that the style of climbing was unlike almost all other routes he’d climbed previously.

Here’s the story behind Pearson’s rare repeat, filmed by Neil Hart.

23/12/2011Johnny Dawes - the rock climbing interview
Interview with Johnny Dawes, one of the most talented and influential British climbers of all times.

Rock climbing in Wales - a choice selection
- Dinas Cromlech - some of the best extreme rock climbs in the entire UK.
- Cloggy - Clogwyn Du'r Arddu - the shrine of British rock climbing.
- Vivian Quarry - the most popular slate crag in Wales
- Rainbow Slab - arguably the jewel in the crown of Llanberis slate.
- Gogarth - one of the best sea cliffs in Britain. Fullstop.
- Lower Pen Trwyn - simply the best sport crag in North Wales.
- Huntsman's Leap - one of the most popular sea cliffs in Pembroke, South Wales.





Full text search


EXPO / Products
EXPO / Company News
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com is updated daily: news, rock climbing, walks, trekking, alpinism, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing on the mountains worldwide. Furthermore, climbing techniques explained, gear & book reviews, expert advice, mountain photography, interviews and competition reports.

Subscriber to receive the weekly newsletter with all the latest news from planetmountain.com

Recent Comments Ice
  • Distensione
    Via sportiva molto bella, dalla linea logica, in ambiente su ...
    2017-09-14 / Michele Lucchini
  • L'uomo Volante
    Il 10 giugno 2017, insieme all'amico Michele, decidiamo di r ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • Gallo George
    Il 16 luglio 2016, invogliati dalla relazione, ci siamo avve ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • All-in
    Francesco Salvaterra e Filippo Mosca 27 gennaio 2017, probab ...
    2017-02-02 / Francesco Salvaterra