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A short film of Wild Country sponsored climber James Pearson on the 3rd ascent of the bewildering and beguiling testpiece Elder Statesman at Curbar Edge, in the Uk’s Peak District.

James filled us in about the ascent: “Elder Statesman was a fantastic route, if a little disjointed. Its a great test of precision, technique, and co-ordination, in a wild and exposed position. Safe enough not to have to worry, but bold enough to give your mind the edge and make you pull that little bit more.

As it turns out one of the original foot holds has broken off since Steve McClure and Steve Dunning’s ascents (the reason of my unexpected troubles in the first part), and the rumour was that it might not be possible any more. I hope my ascent reminds people of its existence, and inspires them to go and have some fun on one of the wildest routes around!”

James Pearson makes the 3rd ascent of Elder Statesman, HXS 7a, Curbar Edge, Peak District UK from Wild Country on Vimeo.

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