Seb Grieve

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Nationality: GB
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7

Star of the film Hard Grit, scaring audiences with his bold ascents.

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Sport (Worked): 8b
Hardest Trad (Worked): E9
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7

Star of the film Hard Grit, scaring audiences with his bold ascents.

Contributors: remus

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18 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
1988 Braille Trail E7 Lead | worked 30th Oct 1988
Second ascent.

Excellent fun. Buying and making the gear is all part of the experience. Buy hardened steel pegs, saw them to length, add tape to stop them sliding out. Buy a six inch nail with a round flat head, add tape and tie off. Easy to top rope but gets harder when you add the pegs which block your hand holds.

1989 Gaia E8 Lead | worked 5th Mar 1989
Second ascent.
1990
1991 Clippity Clop, Clippity Clop, Clippity Clop E7 Solo | worked 13th Oct 1991
First ascent.

Grieve suggested E8 for his solo ascent.

Soloed (Friend 6 did not exist.) with home-made knee-pads made from bathroom towels for added friction. Jeans are a good idea as well. Swinging across with a guppy and a pinch to the a-cheval position is the crux. Coming out of a-cheval to final layback is the heart-stopper and impossible to choreograph due to the 'knee-pad drift'. Felt very E8 at the time. Harder and bolder than Gaia and End of the Affair.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117979619658924

1992
1993 Predator 8b Lead | worked 1993
1994 Knockin' on Heaven's Door E9 Lead | worked 20th Mar 1994
Third ascent?

From the right with the peg.

One Chromosome's Missing E7 Lead | worked Apr 1994

Steady for E7.

K3 8a+ Lead | worked 21st Aug 1994
First ascent.

It took Seb three years to climb the route and when he finally succeeded he said, “It’s got to be called K3, as it’s much harder to climb than K2”. Since Seb has never set foot in the Himalaya, this is quite an unusual statement.

During the time that elapsed from bolting the route to its final completion, approximately 90% of the sport climbing population of Sheffield belayed Seb at one time or another. [1]

References

[1] Peak Limestone North, First Ascents Supplement /file/bc3fd0e4-a3ee-a736-1cbf-d68af9f0910e/peak_lime_north_first_ascents.pdf

1995 The New Statesman E8 Lead | worked 10th May 1995
Second ascent.
Snap Decision E7 Lead | onsight 10th May 1995

The first grit E7 onsight?

B4, XS E7 Lead | worked 21st Oct 1995
Second ascent.
End of the Affair E8 Lead | worked 19th Nov 1995

Both feet cut loose on the crux so just put 'em back on again and carried on. Glad my belayer did not jump off the block and pull me off.

1996 Love Amongst the Butterflies 8b Lead | worked 1996
First ascent.
1997 Parthian Shot (Pre 2011 Break) E9 Lead | worked 1st Apr 1997
Second ascent.
Meshuga E9 Lead | worked 25th Oct 1997
First ascent.

You cheeky little thing, I'll have you yet... [1]

References

[1] Hard Grit

Fat Slapper E7 Lead | worked 3rd Dec 1997
First ascent.
1998
1999
2000 Austrian Oak 8b Lead | worked 2000
2001 Harder Faster E9 Top Rope | worked 2001

Top roped clean several times but could not bring myself to lead.

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Love Amongst the Butterflies 8b Lead | worked 1996
First ascent.
Predator 8b Lead | worked 1993
Austrian Oak 8b Lead | worked 2000
K3 8a+ Lead | worked 21st Aug 1994
First ascent.

It took Seb three years to climb the route and when he finally succeeded he said, “It’s got to be called K3, as it’s much harder to climb than K2”. Since Seb has never set foot in the Himalaya, this is quite an unusual statement.

During the time that elapsed from bolting the route to its final completion, approximately 90% of the sport climbing population of Sheffield belayed Seb at one time or another. [1]

References

[1] Peak Limestone North, First Ascents Supplement /file/bc3fd0e4-a3ee-a736-1cbf-d68af9f0910e/peak_lime_north_first_ascents.pdf

Clarion Call 7a Solo | worked
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Meshuga E9 Lead | worked 25th Oct 1997
First ascent.

You cheeky little thing, I'll have you yet... [1]

References

[1] Hard Grit

Knockin' on Heaven's Door E9 Lead | worked 20th Mar 1994 E7
Third ascent?

From the right with the peg.

Parthian Shot (Pre 2011 Break) E9 Lead | worked 1st Apr 1997
Second ascent.
Harder Faster E9 Top Rope | worked 2001

Top roped clean several times but could not bring myself to lead.

Gaia E8 Lead | worked 5th Mar 1989
Second ascent.
The New Statesman E8 Lead | worked 10th May 1995
Second ascent.
End of the Affair E8 Lead | worked 19th Nov 1995

Both feet cut loose on the crux so just put 'em back on again and carried on. Glad my belayer did not jump off the block and pull me off.

Clippity Clop, Clippity Clop, Clippity Clop E7 Solo | worked 13th Oct 1991 E8
First ascent.

Grieve suggested E8 for his solo ascent.

Soloed (Friend 6 did not exist.) with home-made knee-pads made from bathroom towels for added friction. Jeans are a good idea as well. Swinging across with a guppy and a pinch to the a-cheval position is the crux. Coming out of a-cheval to final layback is the heart-stopper and impossible to choreograph due to the 'knee-pad drift'. Felt very E8 at the time. Harder and bolder than Gaia and End of the Affair.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.117978419659044/117979619658924

Fat Slapper E7 Lead | worked 3rd Dec 1997
First ascent.
Braille Trail E7 Lead | worked 30th Oct 1988
Second ascent.

Excellent fun. Buying and making the gear is all part of the experience. Buy hardened steel pegs, saw them to length, add tape to stop them sliding out. Buy a six inch nail with a round flat head, add tape and tie off. Easy to top rope but gets harder when you add the pegs which block your hand holds.

One Chromosome's Missing E7 Lead | worked Apr 1994

Steady for E7.

Snap Decision E7 Lead | onsight 10th May 1995

The first grit E7 onsight?

B4, XS E7 Lead | worked 21st Oct 1995
Second ascent.
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade