Oct 12th : Fifty shade of Reeve…

Climb 105 has just come out and it features a piece by Neil Gresham on Paul Reeve. Over the summer, Paul repeated Cry Freedom at Malham; especially newsworthy given that Paul is 50!

For those not familiar with the history of the route, Cry Freedom was so-called by first ascentionist, Mark Leach, because he spend 40+ days on the first ascent. Back then it was thought to be F8c, the first in the UK in fact. It slipped back to F8b+, perhaps largely as a result of a fast ascent by raiding Frenchman, ‘JB’ Tribout. Since then the list of folks who have had utter epics on it has grown longer and longer, so much so that by popular consent it’s back up to F8c.

It’s an interesting piece, well worth a read if you’re planning to climb hard into your later years. Climb used a couple of my shots to illustrate the article too…

Cry Freedom_DSC_2370_web res.jpgPaul Reeve_DSC_2937_web res.jpgReeve on CF.jpg

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