Gouther Crag in Swindale (Lake District UK) is a little known gem of Lakeland climbing and has some fantastic lines of all grades. Adam (Hocking) has had his eye on a line here for years, which follows an obvious corner through the roof and up the unprotected slabs above. Last week this became “The Keswickian', at E8 7a (5.13rx) it is a serious route with a steep bouldery crux section, possible only for the strong and brave! This was the most exciting, nail-biting sequence I have ever filmed and an amazing line.
'The Ego has Landed' was first climbed in 2000 by Wild Country and Red Chili athlete James MacHaffie, and although it has been surveyed by some of the most talented climbers in the area, it has remained unrepeated for 11 years. Having witnessed the first ascent, Adam has had his eye on the route since Caff's ascent and made light work of it on the day. Hard unprotected E8 6b (5.12rx) (considered E9 by some), the route trends right up a sheer wall at the far left hand end of Eagle Crag in Langstrath.
Adam Hocking is sponsored by Wild Country and Red Chili.
Filmed and edited by Dom Bush 'Land and Sky Media'…many thanks to him….