End of the Affair flashed

by Tom Briggs End of the Affair takes the magnificent left-hand arete Ryan Pasquill flashed End of the Affair (E8 6c) on Curbar yesterday. Though End of the Affair is generally considered to be one of the easier grit E8s around, and a flashed ascent has been predicted for some time, the final hard move is off-balance, tenuous and powerful. With cams in a break too low to be of much use, a fall from this point could easily lead to serious injury. This is probably only the second Gritstone E8 to see a flashed ascent, the other being Countdown to Disaster, also flashed by Pasquill, in 2002. As well as a number of bold grit E7 on-sights, Pasquill is also a very strong boulderer, having climbed V13 at the Buttermilks, with his ascent of Dave Graham´s Spectre. End of the Affair has also been soloed by Ben Heason and Ben Bransby. Bransby´s solo was done in typical nonchalant style whilst out walking his dog. End of the Affair was first climbed by Johnny Dawes in 1986.