Hold Fast, Hold True | E10 Trad climb at Whale Rock


See also Hold Fast.
Contributors: remus

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Julian Lines
Added at 22:01 on 03 January 2021
Franco Cookson
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Added at 13:03 on 30 March 2022
Franco Cookson
Added at 10:03 on 24 March 2023
Dave MacLeod
Added at 06:09 on 22 September 2021


4 recorded ascents, including 1 unsuccessful ascent.

Climber Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Julian Lines Solo | worked Jun 2013
First ascent.

Prior to making the first ascent Jules took a very spicy fall, fortunately he walked away unscathed.

It's a world class solo for sure. Grade wise I thought it to be around 8a/8a+ with the direct finish though do not do an awful lot of sport climbing, the top section is a grade easier than the lower section but obviously way higher and so puts at least half an E-grade on top of the lower E9 section. I'm really pleased to have finally done it, for me to climb it everything had to come together as I'm not as strong as Macleod or Birkett who can power their way out of trouble.


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWK1fkBqB1Q

[2] https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2013/06/julian_lines_climbs_hold_fast_hold_true_-_e910-68145

Iain Small Solo | worked May 2021
Franco Cookson Lead | worked 29th Mar 2022
Dave MacLeod Lead | did not finish