The Ace | 8B Boulder problem at Stanage Plantation

See also The Joker.

A low start to The Joker. Alex Megos:

The holds are there, the holds are big, the moves are small, it's easy. Why is it so hard!? [1]

[1] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg470882.html#msg470882


Pics + Vids

Jerry Moffatt
Added at 13:09 on 26 September 2022
James Thornton
Added at 10:02 on 07 February 2021
Dave Mason
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
James Squire
Added at 07:12 on 22 December 2020
Hamish Potokar
Added at 07:12 on 22 December 2020
David Fitzgerald
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Orrin Coley
Added at 10:02 on 07 February 2021
Aidan Roberts
Added at 18:01 on 07 January 2022
James Pearson
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Added at 22:12 on 23 December 2021
James Pearson
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Added at 09:12 on 22 December 2021
Alex Waterhouse
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Added at 19:10 on 19 October 2022
Kieran Forrest
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Added at 07:11 on 03 November 2022
Sam Prior
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Added at 13:11 on 30 November 2022
Adam Ondra
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Added at 17:01 on 24 January 2023

Ascents

25 recorded ascents.

Climber Style FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Jerry Moffatt Boulder (Worked) 2001

Various dates between 2000 and 2002 have been reported for the first ascent. It was reported in On The Edge #105 (March 2001 edition) which suggests it was done around January 2001 [4].

If the truth be known, it had been my goal for the last three years; either I'd just not been in good enough shape to try it, or the conditions were not right. As soon as I started trying The Ace everybody who had done The Joker was attempting it this way, which added to the pressure. My advantage was that I felt good on The Joker. If I could just get in to the top moves feeling strong, I knew i could do it. My sequence didn't feel right though and I was intrigued to find out about an alternative sequence Ben Moon had been trying. First chance I had I went straight back to the crag and tried his method. I hit the top second go but couldn't hold it. The friction wasn't good that day, but I returned in better conditions and for it done. [5]

References

[1] Revelations by Jerry Moffatt and Niall Grimes, 2009. Page 225.

[2] Peak Rock by Phil Kelly, Graham Hoey and Giles Barker, 2013. Page 310.

[3] https://www.climber.co.uk/news/dave-mason-repeats-the-ace/

[4] https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,33255.msg666546.html#msg666546

[5] Climber magazine

Ben Moon Boulder (Worked) 2005

Second or third ascent.

Tyler Landman Boulder (Worked) March 2006

Fourth ascent.

Andy Earl Boulder (Worked) 29th November 2006

Fifth ascent.

https://www.climbing.com/news/andrew-earl-the-ace-climber/

Stewart Watson Boulder (Worked) December 2011

https://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,10607.msg345285.html#msg345285

Tom Newman Boulder (Worked) October 2012
James Thornton Boulder (Worked) 2015

https://vimeo.com/121274111

Dave Mason Boulder (Worked) 2nd February 2015

https://www.instagram.com/p/ymtgQOvdb5/

James Squire Boulder (Worked) 11th October 2015

https://vimeo.com/142486299

Hamish Potokar Boulder (Worked) 4th December 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKsbMdDx_0

Jan Hojer Boulder (Worked) March 2016

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1046600605379342

David Fitzgerald Boulder (Worked) 25th March 2017

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSE3dxNgbn5/

Orrin Coley Boulder (Worked) 26th January 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCJkVXzgXCI

Cailean Harker Boulder (Worked) 24th February 2018
Sam Blackwell Boulder (Worked) 7th November 2020
Matt Cousins Boulder (Worked) 26th November 2020
Aidan Roberts Boulder (Worked) 2021

https://youtu.be/y6mHPXtge4w?t=425

James Pearson Boulder (Worked) 15th December 2021

James' first 8B on grit.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CXtsRyBopc_/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CX11GN2M0PA/

Alex Waterhouse Boulder (Worked) October 2022

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cj583qMDxR-/

Kieran Forrest Boulder (Worked) November 2022

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ckd-fzCDt6a/

Sam Prior Boulder (Worked) 30th November 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CllbbB7jxn-/

Adam Ondra Boulder (Flash) 22nd January 2023

Freak moment! Executed just perfectly! Thanks for the beta Will and Leon for beta, and extra psyche by the legend himself Jerry [Moffatt] and Magnus [Midtbø]!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cnzog4ZoynB/

Malcolm Smith Boulder (Worked)

Second or third ascent.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2001/12/malcolm_smith_repeats_careless_torque_-_as_fawcett_watches-2119

Ryan Pasquill Boulder (Worked)
Tom Williams Boulder (Worked)