Gaia E8 6c

Gaia is a climb that evokes fear and embodies my perception of hard Gritstone climbing. It has really tenuous and dropable moves in a position where I didn’t really want to fall.

My intention was to attempt Gaia ground up, the idea was that Mike would have a little look at the moves and let me know how they felt before my burn. On Mikes flash attempt he got passed the hard and powerful start and high up into the groove here he decided not to climb into the precarious position where we had seen so many videos of many top climbers taking the fearsome lob, he climbed down a few moves and he was off. The gear in the bottom of the groove ripped and he took a floor scraping fall.

Mikes fall really spooked me so we both decided to top rope the route first. I had a few goes on the top rope, the bottom crux to a while to work out and I wanted to get the top crux sussed so as not fluff it on the lead.

After working the moves I was ready for the lead. Standing at the bottom I was so “in the zone” that I forgot to don my helmet. The first crux went down smoothly and moving up the rib into the groove was a joy on the ice cold slopers and dishes. As I placed my right foot on the key foot hold out right I realised that my helmet was missing, thinking about my helmet made me loose my concentration momentarily. Up there on those tenuous smears is the last place you want to loose focus. My leg began to shake. I reeled my mind in, moved out to “the sloper”, flicked my toe to the arete and climbed the route to the top. At the top I celebrated my ascent by wiping a tear of relief from my eye.

We finished off the day with a bit of bouldering. The conditions were so good that everything we tried felt pretty easy. The problems we climbed included Non Stick Vicar 7B+ and Route 66 7C.

Mike Goldthorp on Non Stick Vicar 7B+

Mammut Masterclass at The Foundry

Kickstart a new year of climbing with a masterclass from Mammut Pro Team members and Team Mammut UK


Mammut Pro Team climbers, Jakob Schubert and Anna Stöhr are heading to the UK later this month and for a series of masterclasses.  Jakob will be offering tips to lead climbers whilst Anna will be on the bouldering room.  Whether you’ve just started out or are a seasoned climber get in touch to reserve your space!


Check out masterclass times on the Foundry website or their facebook page then call the Foundry to register.  The Foundry will take names up to Tuesday 22nd January then pick the names of those in each masterclass  out of a chalk bag!  There are four spaces in each class and six classes in total.


FREE entry to the Foundry and freebies for masterclass students

Win a place in one of these classes and you’ll get free entry to The Foundry for the day plus a free Mammut goody bag


Spot prizes and giveaways

Mammut will be dishing out random spot prizes and giveaways all afternoon – stickers, pens, toys, beanies!


Cash prize routes

The guys at The Foundry will be setting a couple of fiendishly hard routes – whoever gets the highest gets some cold hard cash!


Harness and belay device demos

We’ll have a range of climbing harnesses and belay kit from Mammut to try out.


Mammut Climbing Challenge

The all-new Mammut climbing challenge will be up and running with prizes a plenty!  Twelve routes both top rope and lead from 5+ to 8b will be set for you to try.


Team Mammut UK on hand form tips and advice

Cailean Harker, Ethan Walker, Jess McCaskey, Nathan Lee and Oli Grounsell will be on hand for advice.


Saturday 26th January from 2.00 – 6.00pm


For more information visit or call The Foundry on 0114 2796331.

Segre 8a Onsight