Emma Twyford


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 7C+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8a
Hardest Sport (Flash): 8a
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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North wales based crusher and first British woman to climb 9a (skipping 8c+!) with her ascet of Big Bang at Lower Pen Trwyn in 2019.

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 7C+
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9a
Hardest Sport (Onsight): 8a
Hardest Sport (Flash): 8a
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Hardest Trad (Flash): E8
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North wales based crusher and first British woman to climb 9a (skipping 8c+!) with her ascet of Big Bang at Lower Pen Trwyn in 2019.

Contributors: remus

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Bara Brith Low (7C+)
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Added at 21:01 on 07 January 2024
Rare Lichen (E9)
Added at 11:12 on 19 December 2020
Always the Sun (E7)
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Added at 13:08 on 26 August 2021
Deux Mauvais Melons (8b+, FA)
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Added at 05:05 on 10 May 2023
Big Bang (9a)
Added at 11:01 on 27 January 2022
Crimptonite (8b+)
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Added at 13:02 on 23 February 2022

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 Style Ascent Date
2010 Fun de Chichunne 8a Lead | onsight 22nd Oct 2010
2011 Predator 8b Lead | worked 25th Apr 2011
Statement of Youth 8a Lead | flash 29th May 2011
2012
2013 Rare Lichen E9 Lead | worked 23rd Sep 2013
First female ascent.

Second british woman to climb E9.

Did Rare Lichen up on Griben Facet in the Ogwen Valley which is given E9 6c. Such a cool route with some seriously small gear! I was not hopeful of doing it as it was pretty grim walking in then it burnt off! The rock felt a bit smeggy and just as I was about to set off some low level cloud came in. Decided to have a look and shout for a rope if it felt awful. Middle pic is of me pulling a terrified face just before setting off and the end pic is of me celebrating still being in one piece and not in a hospital. Thanks to Alex for belaying me very attentively and Ray and Llyr for being very nice whilst filming it.

References

[1] https://www.thebmc.co.uk/emma-twyford-interview

[2] https://twitter.com/McHaffieJames/status/382211879474855937

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0yIxeGoXOs

2014 Bucket Dynasty E7 Lead | flash Aug 2014
Unjustified 8b+ Lead | worked Aug 2014
Strawberries E7 Lead | worked 2nd Oct 2014
2015 Melancholie 8b Lead | worked Jun 2015
Impact Day E8 Lead | worked Jul 2015
2016 Gravity Wave E8 Lead | flash Mar 2016
2017
2018 Mind Control 8c Lead | worked Feb 2018
Once Upon a Time in the Southwest E9 Lead | worked 23rd May 2018
Nightmayer E8 Lead | worked Jul 2018
The Big Issue E9 Lead | worked Aug 2018
2019 Big Bang 9a Lead | worked 17th Sep 2019

The first british woman to climb harder than 8c.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrJ5fH_rDtg

2020 Chupacabra E8 Lead | worked 2020

[1] Summit magazine #104, page 43

2021 Mercia Wall E8 Lead | worked 2021

[1] Summit magazine #104, page 43

Always the Sun E7 Lead | onsight Aug 2021
2022 Crimptonite 8b+ Lead | worked Feb 2022
2023 Deux Mauvais Melons 8b+ Lead | worked 7th May 2023
First ascent.

The hardest female first ascent in the UK at the time it was done.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CsBtOCerfrH/

2024 Bara Brith Low 7C+ Boulder | worked 7th Jan 2024
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Big Bang 9a Lead | worked 17th Sep 2019

The first british woman to climb harder than 8c.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrJ5fH_rDtg

Mind Control 8c Lead | worked Feb 2018
Deux Mauvais Melons 8b+ Lead | worked 7th May 2023
First ascent.

The hardest female first ascent in the UK at the time it was done.

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CsBtOCerfrH/

Unjustified 8b+ Lead | worked Aug 2014
Crimptonite 8b+ Lead | worked Feb 2022
Predator 8b Lead | worked 25th Apr 2011
Melancholie 8b Lead | worked Jun 2015
Fun de Chichunne 8a Lead | onsight 22nd Oct 2010
Statement of Youth 8a Lead | flash 29th May 2011
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Bara Brith Low 7C+ Boulder | worked 7th Jan 2024
Lotus 7C+ Boulder | worked
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Rare Lichen E9 Lead | worked 23rd Sep 2013
First female ascent.

Second british woman to climb E9.

Did Rare Lichen up on Griben Facet in the Ogwen Valley which is given E9 6c. Such a cool route with some seriously small gear! I was not hopeful of doing it as it was pretty grim walking in then it burnt off! The rock felt a bit smeggy and just as I was about to set off some low level cloud came in. Decided to have a look and shout for a rope if it felt awful. Middle pic is of me pulling a terrified face just before setting off and the end pic is of me celebrating still being in one piece and not in a hospital. Thanks to Alex for belaying me very attentively and Ray and Llyr for being very nice whilst filming it.

References

[1] https://www.thebmc.co.uk/emma-twyford-interview

[2] https://twitter.com/McHaffieJames/status/382211879474855937

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0yIxeGoXOs

Once Upon a Time in the Southwest E9 Lead | worked 23rd May 2018
The Big Issue E9 Lead | worked Aug 2018
Impact Day E8 Lead | worked Jul 2015
Gravity Wave E8 Lead | flash Mar 2016
Nightmayer E8 Lead | worked Jul 2018
Chupacabra E8 Lead | worked 2020

[1] Summit magazine #104, page 43

Mercia Wall E8 Lead | worked 2021

[1] Summit magazine #104, page 43

Cassini E8 Lead | worked
Fourth ascent.
Bucket Dynasty E7 Lead | flash Aug 2014
Strawberries E7 Lead | worked 2nd Oct 2014
Always the Sun E7 Lead | onsight Aug 2021
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade