Hubble is a route at Raven Tor in the UK's Peak District. Ben Moon made the first ascent in 1990 suggesting a grade of 8c+, making it the hardest route in the world at the time. It is now considered closer to 9a, making it both the first 8c+ and the first 9a!
The route is unusually bouldery and powerful with the meat of the difficulty being a short section on undercuts at the start of the route that is around 8B/+ as a boulder problem. The top of the route is roughly a 7c sport route so shouldn't present any issues for a climber capable of getting through the bottom, though Ben Moon famously fell off the top the first time he managed to climb through the boulder problem.
Around 2020 a sequence was discovered (and used on several successful ascents) that makes the lower boulder problem slightly easier. So far ascentionists using the new sequence have suggested it doesn't significantly alter the difficulty.
12 recorded ascents.
|Ben Moon||Lead (Worked)||✓||14 Jun 1990|
The first 9a in the world.
While working the route Ben managed to drop the french 7c upper section after climbing the start, much to the horror those watching. However he came back a few days later and finished the job.
Ben originally gave it a grade of E9+ 7b/8c+.
|Malcolm Smith||Lead (Worked)||01 Jan 1992 (approx)|
|John Gaskins||Lead (Worked)||01 Jan 1994 (approx)|
|Steve Dunning||Lead (Worked)||07 Jul 2003 (approx)|
|Richard Simpson||Lead (Worked)||25 Apr 2005|
Rich suggested 8c+.
Simon Lee has separately been in touch with Dan to confirm the ascent.
|Steve McClure||Lead (Worked)||30 Jul 2009|
|Alex Megos||Lead (Worked)||31 May 2016|
|Will Bosi||Lead (Worked)||25 Oct 2016|
|Pete Dawson||Lead (Worked)||13 Aug 2019|
|Mathew Wright||Lead (Worked)||30 Sep 2020|
Matt was the first person to successfully use a kneebar on the route, though he commented that he felt it didn't change the grade for him.
|Buster Martin||Lead (Worked)||11 Oct 2020|
|Toby Roberts||Lead (Worked)||26 Oct 2021|