Batman 9a/+ by Toby Roberts (16)

Monday, 11 October

Toby Roberts, who got the silver in the Combined Euro Youth Championship this summer, reports on Insta that he has done the fourth ascent of Steve McClure's Batman 9a/+ at Malham. "I've not much to go on for the grade - but it's definitely harder than Rainshadow in my opinion and others agree 🤷‍♂️⁣". The grade comments relate probably to that UKC called it 9a when recently reporting that Josh Ibbertson had also done it. (c) Marsha Balaeva

How was the process taking it down and what is next?
The process went pretty quick. I was on redpoint goes after only a few days and was feeling pretty good on the route. After feeling it would go down pretty quick I fell on the last move around ten times which was hard because it felt so close.

My hardest previous was Rainshadow (9a) that I did last year. Next is definitely Rainman (9b) which starts up Rainshadow and connects into Batman around halfway, which feels really hard.

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