Home page Planetmountain.com
James Pearson making the first repeat of Gerty Berwick at Ilkley, England. The route was first ascended by Ryan Pasquill on 10/01/2009.
Photo by David Simmonite

James Pearson grabs fast repeat of Gerty Berwick, Ilkley

di

James Pearson has made a fast first repeat of the gritstone testpiece Gerty Berwick at Ilkley Quarry, England.

After taking time off climbing and skiing in the Alps, James Pearson has returned to form with a fast repeat of Gerty Berwick, the recent route to the left of New Statesman at Ilkley. First ascended by 25 year old Ryan Pasquill on 10 January this year, the route is characterised by four giant moves between tiny edges and was described by John Dunne as "the hardest route on grit by a long way". Pearson, who had attempted the line prior to the first ascent, now needed a mere 2 days to successfully link all the moves. Both Pasquill and Pearson protected the start with crashpads, Pearson noted that to climb it without pads, he would probably have had to invest a full year into the route, which is reckoned to have a Font 8a/8a+ crux.

Pearson is obviously enjoying great form on gritstone: a few weeks ago he managed to onsight an epitome E8, The End of the Affair at Curbar, the first person ever to do so, stating "This idea had been sparking in the back of my head since I could comprehend such things but I have always been wary of being impatient and wasting the opportunity forever. Finally everything fell into place, and with my balls in my mouth, I committed to, and stuck the last hard move.  I am really pleased to have seen it through to the end, especially since avoiding gaining any beta was almost more difficult than the actual climbing!"

Check out the video of Pearson attempting Gerty Berwick in Febraury 2008, prior to Pasquill's ascent. More footage of of Pearson climbing is available on Committed.


James Pearson attempting Gerty Berwick in February 2008

Share


SEARCH news

ZONE

CATEGORY

Full text search

AUTHOR

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.
NEWSLETTER

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