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Statement of Youth anniversary film

It seems hard to believe but it was 30 years ago back in 1984, aged just 18 that I made the first ascent of the UK’s 2nd 8a Statement of Youth. At the time it caused quite a stir in the climbing world not because of it’s difficulty but because I had used 7 bolts to climb it. To those not familiar with climbing in the 1980s this might seem pretty strange but back then sport climbing in the UK didn’t exist. Although it would take a few years this was all going to change and Statement played a big part in this change. During the past 30 years I have made several 1st ascents around the world but there are none that I am more proud of than Statement of Youth. Located at Lower Pen-Trwyn (LPT to most people) on the Great Orme in North Wales the route takes a line up the right-hand side of the steep left hand section of the cliff. With no particular crux section but very sustained at the grade it’s a right of passage for the sport climber aspiring to the magical 8th grade. To celebrate [...] Read More...

Moon Board Problems

and set of School Holds which will hopefully make life a bit easier all round. Rather than setting one problem at a time, this method puts the full set of holds all on the board at the same time in a random position. Then we have set problems on this grid from 6c up to about 8a which can all be climbed without moving a hold. For these problems you only need the grid ref on the sheets below. Not rocket science but just a more traditional way of setting problems. More sheets will follow in this manner. Let us know how you get on and send us some problems based on these setups if you spot any alternatives you consider worth a bash. We have set up 2 new sets of problems 05 & 06 and for those of you with 2 sets of School Holds we have combined problems 05 & 06 into 1 uber set of problems! November 2007: >DOWNLOAD SCHOOL PROBLEMS SETUP 05.PDF (40KB) Read More...

Evolution

Those of you who follow my Twitter/Facebook feed might be wondering how the Evolution story ended. Read More...

Climbing Gear Stolen from Moon Climbing

As you now all probably know we got burgled on Saturday. The thieves took about 3500 units of men and women Read More...

CWIF Competition

Before heading out to Siruana I received a text message from ex British Bouldering Champion Gareth Parry inviting me to compete in one of his Bloc Fest competitions. Since the comp was the next day it was a bit last minute and I had to decline. Strangely the invite coincided with a dream I had had the night before in which I was back in the competition arena. Goodness knows what Freud would have made of that, midlife crisis perhaps? Anyway whilst in Siruana I had the crazy idea of entering a Moon team in the up and coming CWIF competition at The Climbing Works. After a few phone calls and text messages I had recruited British junior champion Molly-Thompson Smith, young talent Tom Newman, my friend and Climbing Works regular Bob Smith and some old has been called Ben Moon. Since returning from Siruana work and family commitments have meant that my climbing and training have taken a back seat but in a token effort to prepare for CWIF I did squeeze in one session at The Climbing [...] Read More...

Sport-Climbing In Siruana

  • 14.02.2013- by Ben Moon
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I am with friends in Siruana at the moment for a short sport-climbing holiday. It Read More...

Moon Arete, Horsetooth Reservoir

Here a short film from David Mason climbing at Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado. I made the first ascent of Moon Arete way back in 1991 when I went there with Christian Griffith. This was a time when bouldering wasn't really recognised and 1st ascents not always named which was the case with this problem. I don't really remember much about the ascent and it didn't bother to name it and it was probably Christian who called it Moon Arete. It nice to see it's become such a classic problem. Read More...

New Found Motivation For Climbing

I wrote the following Blog about 2 weeks ago but for some reason didn Read More...

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