Ben Moon

Helped push the cutting edge of sport climbing in the 80s and 90s. FA of many hard sport routes and boulder problems in the UK including classics such as Voyager SDS and Hubble.

Interview with Simon Lee

Features in The Real Thing, Stone Love, 80's Birth of Extreme, Statement of Youth.

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/942618999137609

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/876401569092686


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Rainshadow (9a)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Agincourt (8c, FA)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Statement of Youth (8a, FA)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Voyager SDS (8B+, FA)
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
Agincourt (8c, FA)
Added at 12:12 on 19 December 2020
Hubble (9a, FA)
Added at 12:12 on 19 December 2020
© Moon Collection
Voyager SDS (8B+, FA)
Added at 15:12 on 29 December 2020
Hubble (9a, FA)
Added at 08:02 on 28 February 2021
Northern Lights (9a)
Added at 19:02 on 28 February 2021
Agincourt (8c, FA)
Added at 18:03 on 01 March 2021
Evolution (8c+)
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Added at 12:02 on 10 February 2021
Walk on By (7C+)
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Added at 21:03 on 07 March 2021
Hubble (9a, FA)
Added at 11:03 on 13 March 2021
Zeke the Freak (8b, FA)
Added at 08:01 on 26 January 2021
Hubble (9a, FA)
Added at 08:02 on 26 February 2021

Ascents

26 recorded ascents.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Hubble 9a (Lead) 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

Northern Lights 9a (Lead Did not finish) 01 Jan 1995 (approx)

Ben has been trying the route again in recent years and has now had over 100 sessions on it.

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/458296474236533

Rainshadow 9a (Lead) 08 Jun 2015

25 years after his first 9a, Hubble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdKeEk6sSD0

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2015/06/ben_moon_on_rainshadow_9a_-_im_over_the_moon-69776

Sea of Tranquility 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1993 (approx)
Le Super Plafond 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1995 (approx)
Bronx 8c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1995 (approx)

1995 or 1996.

Evolution 8c+ (Lead) 24 Nov 2018

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

Liquid Ambar 8c+ (Lead)

Second ascent.

Agincourt 8c (Lead) 01 Jan 1989 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkj3Buhfi2k @ 53mins

https://www.facebook.com/climbing.in.the.80s/photos/a.270388289694020/289577857775063

Maginot Line 8c (Lead)
Make it Funky 8c (Lead) 01 Jan 1993 (approx)

Third ascent.

Mecca Extension 8c (Lead) 15 Oct 2013

Red pointed Mecca Extension today, finally. 8c? maybe a soft one. Back to the main event on Thursday, Evolution.

Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ (Lead)

In 2 days. Second ascent?

Zeke the Freak 8b (Lead) 04 Aug 1987

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.150043076452578/150043969785822

La Rose et le Vampire 8b (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)

3rd ascent.

Statement of Youth 8a (Lead) 25 Jun 1984

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkj3Buhfi2k

Hot Fun Closing 8a (Lead) 01 Jan 1986 (approx)
Kleptomania 8a (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 1991 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Superman SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 1994 (approx)
Voyager SDS 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 2006 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5iLBp601g

Cypher 8B (Boulder) 01 Mar 2002 (approx)

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2002/03/slipstones_project_completed-3016

Voyager 8B (Boulder) 16 Nov 2005
Walk on By 7C+ (Boulder)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRVFCw0gV67/

Ben's Roof 7C (Boulder)
Brad Pit 7C (Boulder)

With the toe on the rail method.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Equilibrium E10 (Top Rope) 01 Jan 1993 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date