Updated: Hubble 9a (8c+) by Buster Martin

Wednesday, 14 October

Buster Martin reports on Insta with a picture by Andrew MacFarlane that he has done Hubble at Raven Tor. It was put up in 1990 by Ben Moon as the first 8c+ in the world but later the UK scene have called it 9a although no of the first repeaters did upgrade it. Buster used the same knee pad beta as Matt Wright just did but did not mention any grade in his post. He has previously done one 9a+ and one 9a in Spain.

"The most technical piece of climbing I've done and maybe less of a test of power than you may think. It’s all in the subtleties and working them out. Yeah, you need to be strong but a twist of the wrist by a few degrees, hips in the right place or getting your fingers on the right ripples on the rock is what really gets you up this thing."

Buster says he took it down after some six sessions out of which four this year. One of the reason he tried it again was because Mat Wright find the knee bar.

So what do you think about the grade? It's obviously easier with the knee pad but compared to the other high 8s I have done at Raven tor then I think it is 9a.

0  C O M M E N T S:
Sort by: Date D Reply A



Tuesday, 19 January

Add crags to the database

We can now manually add new crags to the data base. Just make a comment and the data base will be improved and you can automatically create Tick Lists and add crag info etc.


Monday, 12 October

Systematic Devaluing ethics

Debate/Jens: In trad climbing you are not allowed to have the gear or quickdraws in place and it was also like this in the beginning of the sport climbing era. Some ten years ago, you still had to place the draws if you were going to claim an onsight. The devaluation of ethics have continued and now…


Wednesday, 18 May

No correlation between semi and final results for Top-4 in Boulder WCs

During the Bouldering World Championship in 2007, Daniel Dulac won the semifinal by flashing all four problems but in the final he did not do a single Boulder even if each of the other five finalists did three problems on average. Daniel said that it was extremely frustrating to hear the spectators …