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James Pearson repeating Harder, Faster at Black Rocks in December 2020. First ascended in a moment of pure inspiration by Charlie Woodburn in November 2000, the route had previously only been repeated by the late Australian Lucky Chance (formerly Toby Benham) in 2003.
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Caroline Ciavaldini climbing Gaia at Black Rocks, England
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Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson starting their Tour Des Alpilles, May 2020
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James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini during Ciavaldini's successful redpoint ascent of the Voie Petit on Grand Capucin in July 2016
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The New life of Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson

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The video of Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson tackling their biggest adventure of all: parenthood.

Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson are two of the most accomplished climbers of their generation. After years climbing in some of the most remote corners of the planet, in 2018 they embarked on their biggest adventure of all: parenthood. This short film chronicles their journey of shifting priorities that come with raising a son in their world that revolves around climbing and dealing with real risk.

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James Pearson repeats Harder, Faster while Caroline Ciavaldini repeats Gaia at Black Rocks
28.12.2020
James Pearson repeats Harder, Faster while Caroline Ciavaldini repeats Gaia at Black Rocks
At Black Rocks in England James Pearson has repeated the extremely dangerous gritstone testpiece Harder, Faster while his wife Caroline Ciavaldini has repeated Gaia. Pearson’s is only the third ascent in 20 years, while Ciavaldini claims the third female ascent.
Caroline Ciavaldini, James Pearson embark on Tour Des Alpilles Bike & Climb
28.05.2020
Caroline Ciavaldini, James Pearson embark on Tour Des Alpilles Bike & Climb
Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson start their Tour Des Alpilles with their young son today. Powered by their ebikes, during their 1-month trip the three will visit more than 10 different crags including historically important cliffs such as Buoux, Orgon, Volx and Mouriers.
Caroline Ciavaldini makes first female ascent of The Quarryman in Wales
19.04.2018
Caroline Ciavaldini makes first female ascent of The Quarryman in Wales
France's Caroline Ciavaldini has made the long-awaited first female ascent of The Quarryman in the slate quarries above Llanberris in North Wales. First ascended by Johnny Dawes back in 1986, this climb is one of the most famous multi-pitch rock climbs in Great Britain.
Caroline Ciavaldini repeats Voie Petit on Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc
11.07.2016
Caroline Ciavaldini repeats Voie Petit on Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc
French climber Caroline Ciavaldini has repeated Voie Petit, the 450m 8b multi-pitch climb on Grand Capucin (3838m), Mont Blanc first ascended in 1997 by Arnaud Petit, Stephanie Bodet, Pascal Gaudin and Jean-Paul Petit and freed in 2005 by Alexander Huber.
Rocklands trad climbing revisited by Caroline Ciavaldini & James Pearson
20.06.2016
Rocklands trad climbing revisited by Caroline Ciavaldini & James Pearson
Climbing video: Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson revisit Rocklands in South Africa to discover the area’s wealth of trad climbing.
James Pearson and his flash ascent of Something's Burning E9 at Pembroke
30.03.2016
James Pearson and his flash ascent of Something's Burning E9 at Pembroke
The video of James Pearson and his September 2014 flash ascent of Something's Burning E9 at Pembroke in Wales.
Caroline Ciavaldini Requiem video at Dumbarton Rock
22.04.2015
Caroline Ciavaldini Requiem video at Dumbarton Rock
The video of Caroline Ciavaldini and the first female ascent of Requiem E8 6b at Dumbarton Rock, Scotland.
British trad: great Pembroke climbs by Caroline Ciavaldini, Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson
09.09.2014
British trad: great Pembroke climbs by Caroline Ciavaldini, Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson
At Pembroke in Wales Caroline Ciavaldini has climbed Mercia Wall E8, Yuji Hirayama has climbed The Big Issue E9 while James Pearson has made a flash ascent of Something's Burning E9. Caroline Ciavaldini talks us through these three difficult trad climbs.
Rocklands trad climbing for James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini
18.07.2014
Rocklands trad climbing for James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini
From 19 June to 9 July James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini travelled to South Africa to check out the trad climbing at Rocklands.
James Pearson & Caroline Ciavaldini, hard trad ascents at Cadarese and Balmanolesca
30.04.2013
James Pearson & Caroline Ciavaldini, hard trad ascents at Cadarese and Balmanolesca
At Balmanolesca in NW Italy James Pearson made the first repeat, and first trad ascent, of A Denti Stretti 8b+, while at nearby Cadarese Caroline Ciavaldini made a trad ascent of Grazie Rickie 8a+ .
Aria, first repeat in Sardinia by Pearson and Ciavaldini
03.05.2012
Aria, first repeat in Sardinia by Pearson and Ciavaldini
Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson have made the first repeat of Aria (8a+, 350m) established by Pietro dal Prà on Punta Plumare, Sardinia.
Caroline Ciavaldini climbs Mind Control at Oliana
07.03.2012
Caroline Ciavaldini climbs Mind Control at Oliana
French climber Caroline Ciavaldini has redpointed Mind Control 8c+ at Oliana, Spain. The report by James Pearson.
Joy Division on Qualido, second ascent by James Pearson
14.11.2011
Joy Division on Qualido, second ascent by James Pearson
On 12 and 13 October 2011 James Pearson made the coveted second ascent of Joy Division (800m, 8b) on the Qualido, Val di Mello, Italy, one of the hardest granite multi-pitches in Europe.
Caroline Ciavaldini climbs E8 at Pembroke
23.05.2011
Caroline Ciavaldini climbs E8 at Pembroke
French climber Caroline Ciavaldini has repeated Point Blank E8 at Stennis Ford, Pembroke.
James Pearson climbs The Groove E10 7b at Cratcliffe Tor
05.02.2008
James Pearson climbs The Groove E10 7b at Cratcliffe Tor
James Pearson from Great Britain made the most of crisp winter conditions on 02/02/2008 to carry out the first ascent of The Groove E10 7b at the gritstone Cratcliffe Tor, Peak District.

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