Ça Chauffe 9a by James Pearson

Friday, 23 April

James Pearson, one of the best trad climbers in the world, has done his third 9a Ça Chauffe in Seynes put up by Tanguy Mérard, video. (c) Raphaël Fourau/Wild Country

"At least on paper, Ça Chauffe (9a) should have suited me pretty well, and after climbing through the crux on my second day of red-points, I figured it would go down pretty quick. There was just one little problem– I couldn't do one of the moves in the upper 8b! With time, perseverance, lots of falls, and even more hand cream, eventually, things fell into place! This route was an excellent reminder of just how crazy climbing can be and how everybody is different."

The 36-year-old made his first 8a news headline 17 years ago and a few years later he flashed three 8B's and did his first 9a. Over the years, including videos, the Brit has made 100+ news on 8a.

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