Harder Faster | E9 Trad climb at Black Rocks


Seb Grieve:

Very wild climbing. After the 'easy' Gaia start, paste right foot high and layback. Repeat twice and arrive at ledge. Graunchy mantle that could easily go wrong. Top roped clean several times but could not bring myself to lead.


Toby Benham
Added at 22:02 on 22 February 2021
James Pearson
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021


4 recorded ascents.

Climber Style FA Ascent Date
Charlie Woodburn Lead (Worked) 01 Nov 2000 (approx)

As I flow through the sequence of moves, I am only partially aware of what I am doing. My thoughts are hazy, in a self-induced state of obedience. The body leads and the mind follows, always one step behind, always in a state of humble acknowledgement, registering the present as it flows, unaware of future or past, free from the savage responsibility of thought. Fear and thought are synonymous and consequently the most frightening part of the ascent coincides with the only moment of dominance my mind has: the decision to go. Concentration is of the essence, the act of forcibly stupefying the senses and allowing myself to follow the drift of my own body. As I climb, I feel as though I am leaving myself behind, and by giving myself up to the movement of the rock, by concentrating myself into the subtle tensions the moves require, I am able to escape the obligation to think, and this, more than anything else, brings me a measure of peace. [1]

[1] https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/charlie-woodburn-gritstone-masterpiece-harder-faster-black-rocks.html

Toby Benham Lead (Worked) 25 Dec 2003

Second ascent.


Adam Watson Lead (Worked) 01 Jan 2012 (approx)

Third ascent.


James Pearson Lead (Worked) 24 Dec 2020

Fourth ascent.