Hubble, Raven Tor

9a Sport route

https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crags/raven_tor_millers_dale-146/hubble-15493

Originally graded 8c+ but regarded to be 9a now. This would make it both the first 8c+ and first 9a in the world.

Approximately 8B/+ boulder problem in to a 7c upper section.

Media

Ben Moon
Ben Moon
© Moon Collection
Ben Moon
Ben Moon
Steve McClure
Alex Megos
Will Bosi
Pete Dawson
Buster Martin
John Gaskins

Ascents

10 recorded ascents.

Climber Style FA Ascent Date
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+.

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/3419096724823145

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/464271993638981

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.140838060706413/140838637373022

Malcolm Smith Lead (Worked) 01 Jan 1992 (approx)
Steve McClure Lead (Worked) 30 Jul 2009

A real milestone, possibly my biggest achievement in climbing, even bigger perhaps than overshadow. Hubble is special, it's a massive trophy and a world icon with a real history.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2009/08/steve_mcclure_-_hubble_f8c+-48867

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0cq2CZe_40

Alex Megos Lead (Worked) 31 May 2016 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEHebU6RtG0

Will Bosi Lead (Worked) 25 Oct 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU_mbM1zdI4

Pete Dawson Lead (Worked) 13 Aug 2019

https://vimeo.com/352458505

Mathew Wright Lead (Worked) 30 Sep 2020
Buster Martin Lead (Worked) 11 Oct 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_r7yp_itLM

Steve Dunning Lead (Worked)
John Gaskins Lead (Worked)
Excluded

Because of questions around many of his other ascents it is unclear whether John climbed this route.