Jim Pope


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8b+
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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Peak district based climber's climber.

Author of the seminal Big Balls and Ground Falls.

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8B+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8c+
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8b+
Hardest Trad (Worked): E10
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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Peak district based climber's climber.

Author of the seminal Big Balls and Ground Falls.


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Pics + Vids

Added at 16:01 on 13 January 2021
Kaa'bah (8c+)
Added at 12:12 on 22 December 2020
Eye of Odin (8c+)
Added at 13:12 on 22 December 2020
The Brute (8b)
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Added at 08:03 on 19 March 2021
Frowned Upon (E8, FA)
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Added at 20:12 on 23 December 2021
The Boss (8B+)
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Added at 06:04 on 15 April 2021
Simbas Pride (E8)
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Added at 18:03 on 28 March 2021
The Boss (8B+)
Added at 16:07 on 02 July 2021
Accelerator (8b+)
Added at 18:07 on 04 July 2021

Ascents

23 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
2012 Hot Fun Closing 8a (Lead) 22 Sep 2012
2013
2014 Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ (Lead) 26 Oct 2014
2015
2016 Kaa'bah 8c+ (Lead) 16 Oct 2016

4th RP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yhfe3tOJ38

2017
2018 Kalea Borroka 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 10 Jan 2018

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2018/01/kale_borroka_8b+_onsight_by_jim_pope-71446

Mr. Hyde 8c+ (Lead) 27 May 2018
Eye of Odin 8c+ (Lead) 08 Aug 2018

6th go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56H0i0wATWQ

Meshuga E9 (Lead) 24 Oct 2018

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2018/10/meshuga_e9_6c_by_jim_pope-71756

2019 Appointment with Death E9 (Lead) 24 Feb 2019

A very spicy ascent. Near the top of the route, well past the point where you'd consider falling off safely, a foothold broke and only Jim's ability to hold a one-arm lock off saved him.

https://youtu.be/sfDPJIbOk84?t=2516

The Brute 8b (Lead Onsight) 01 Sep 2019

https://www.instagram.com/p/B14czh3DgPR/

Simbas Pride E8 (Lead) 16 Sep 2019

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2gxSg4DtiV/

2020 Accelerator 8b+ (Lead) 10 Jul 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-QULAqOdJI

End Game 8B (Boulder) 03 Oct 2020
Nah'han E8 (Lead Flash) 15 Oct 2020
2021 Bloodhound 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2021 (approx)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156943872@N06/51115242638/

The Boss 8B+ (Boulder) 14 Apr 2021

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

https://youtu.be/nrfaAPsNo7g?t=22

Une Jeune Fille Quatre Vingt Dix Ans E8 (Lead Flash) 15 Apr 2021
Transform 8c (Lead) 05 May 2021
Prisoners of the Sun E10 (Lead) 23 Sep 2021

Second ascent.

I had a short recce on top-rope while Ben got reacquainted with [Surreal Appeal] – so probably around 45 minutes including the warm-up - after the drive over from Sheffield. I then belayed Ben on his send and then I went straight after him. [1]

On the grade:

It's always hard to put a grade on something, and especially trad where the grade is even more subjective given you have to take into account how dangerous it felt for you. Personally, when comparing it to other routes I’ve done, I felt like I’d had an E8 6c experience. [1]

[1] https://www.climber.co.uk/news/pope-gets-second-ascent-of-prisoners-of-the-sun/

Frowned Upon E8 (Solo) 15 Dec 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/CX1svrnoIcA/

2022 Heritage 8B+ (Boulder) 07 Mar 2022
Eye of the Tiger E7 (Lead Flash) 01 Apr 2022 (approx)

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

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Kaa'bah 8c+ (Lead) 16 Oct 2016

4th RP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yhfe3tOJ38

Mr. Hyde 8c+ (Lead) 27 May 2018
Eye of Odin 8c+ (Lead) 08 Aug 2018

6th go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56H0i0wATWQ

Transform 8c (Lead) 05 May 2021
Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ (Lead) 26 Oct 2014
Kalea Borroka 8b+ (Lead Onsight) 10 Jan 2018

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2018/01/kale_borroka_8b+_onsight_by_jim_pope-71446

Accelerator 8b+ (Lead) 10 Jul 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-QULAqOdJI

The Brute 8b (Lead Onsight) 01 Sep 2019

https://www.instagram.com/p/B14czh3DgPR/

Hot Fun Closing 8a (Lead) 22 Sep 2012
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Boss 8B+ (Boulder) 14 Apr 2021

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

https://youtu.be/nrfaAPsNo7g?t=22

Heritage 8B+ (Boulder) 07 Mar 2022
Bloodhound 8B (Boulder) 01 Jan 2021 (approx)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/156943872@N06/51115242638/

End Game 8B (Boulder) 03 Oct 2020
The last Dance 8B (Boulder)
Antidiluvian 8B (Boulder)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Prisoners of the Sun E10 (Lead) 23 Sep 2021

Second ascent.

I had a short recce on top-rope while Ben got reacquainted with [Surreal Appeal] – so probably around 45 minutes including the warm-up - after the drive over from Sheffield. I then belayed Ben on his send and then I went straight after him. [1]

On the grade:

It's always hard to put a grade on something, and especially trad where the grade is even more subjective given you have to take into account how dangerous it felt for you. Personally, when comparing it to other routes I’ve done, I felt like I’d had an E8 6c experience. [1]

[1] https://www.climber.co.uk/news/pope-gets-second-ascent-of-prisoners-of-the-sun/

Meshuga E9 (Lead) 24 Oct 2018

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2018/10/meshuga_e9_6c_by_jim_pope-71756

Appointment with Death E9 (Lead) 24 Feb 2019

A very spicy ascent. Near the top of the route, well past the point where you'd consider falling off safely, a foothold broke and only Jim's ability to hold a one-arm lock off saved him.

https://youtu.be/sfDPJIbOk84?t=2516

Frowned Upon E8 (Solo) 15 Dec 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/CX1svrnoIcA/

Simbas Pride E8 (Lead) 16 Sep 2019

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2gxSg4DtiV/

Nah'han E8 (Lead Flash) 15 Oct 2020
Une Jeune Fille Quatre Vingt Dix Ans E8 (Lead Flash) 15 Apr 2021
Eye of the Tiger E7 (Lead Flash) 01 Apr 2022 (approx)

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

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade