Tuesday, 16 January 2007

The Promise E10 7a

I was lucky enough to witness and film James Pearson claim the first ascent of the ‘last great problem’ at Burbage North; The Promise E10 7a. This footage will be part of our new UK wide hard trad DVD expected to be released in October 2007.

After another alpine start from Edinburgh we got to the Peak thanks to Michael Tweedley. Seen below using the latest in hands free technology known as the ‘smart beanie’.

We filmed the ascent using 3 cameras; I was hanging off the top just to the right of the route, Michael was filming on a large boulder from tripod, he was also operating another camera on a fixed tripod pointing at the belayer. I think the footage we got is some of the best we’ve ever captured, it’s tense, well shot and of course the climbing is nails.

Here are some of the video frames:

When I witness a great piece of climbing like this, it makes all the driving, lugging gear, hanging around in the cold etc all worth while. I really get a great buzz from it.