Credit ´Crush´ Problem Sparks Race for Cash

by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC In the recent bouldering competition atThe Climbing Works in Sheffield, Percy Bishton, doing his bit to stave off the economic downturn, offered a £50cash prize to the first climber to complete two of his ´special´problems.With a very talented field ofcompetitors, the race was on.Percy described the exciting finale on The Climbing Works blog:?In the end it came down to amatter of speed to decide the prize! Dave Barrans fought tothe top of problem one, whilst Ryan Pasquill looked on havingalready bagged the second problem. As Dave tried to recover from hisexertions, Ryan stepped onto to problem 1 and looked like scoopingthe cash.However, due to a load of egging onfrom the crowd, Dave suddenly realised that if he jumped onto thesecond problem and dispatched it before Ryan had finished thetechnical problem one, the money would be his!The scene as both guys fought theirway up the problems simultaneously was amazing – both problems worthat least 7b+ or harder and monstrously physical. In the end Ryan justmanaged to hit the finishing hold of his problem less than 10 secondsbefore Dave finished his bloc, so Ryan scooped the cash but it was afantastic bit of climbing to watch – like a bouldering duel!?The next and finalround of the ´Works´ bouldering league is on Friday the 13thof February ? just enough time to get warmed up.Prizewinner Ryan Pasquill recently climbed the long standingproject to the left of The New Statesman at Ilkley, Yorkshire. This beautiful wall of scooped gritstone features extremely hardclimbing (around Font 8A) and had repelled all suitors for severaldecades (UKCNews Item).Fromhard gritstone routes to indoor bouldering competitions, thegritstone/Sheffield scene is currently white hot with talent andpsyche.It will be interesting to see the outcome of the forthcomingCWIF (ClimbingWorks International Festival) which is happening on the 7thMarch.This will be an international bouldering competition, withproblems set by many top climbers including the French legend JackyGodoffe.