New Statesman and Ulysses – Visiting Americans

by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC Americans Matt Segal, Alex Honnold and Kevin Jorgeson are stomping their way through several hard Grit test-pieces, including Honnold flashing Ulysses (E6 6b) at Stanage and Jorgeson making a very fast headpoint of The New Statesman (E8 7a) at Ilkley, Yorkshire. They have only been in the UK for a few days, but have had media attention from various internet sites. Their local guide, Grit master Jason Pickles (who is also Britain´s manliest man – see UKC News) commented: “They´re quite shocked by all the internet attention – people know where we´ve been and what we´ve done before we´ve even got back home from the crag! They´re just here and psyched to get out climbing and get used to the Grit. It´s great to be with some psyched people, it´s given me a kick up the arse to get things done myself.” Alex Honnold is known for his super-long solo ascents of routes such as Moonlight Buttress (5.12d) in Zion and Astroman (5.11c) in Yosemite. Kevin Jorgeson has been making waves in the highball bouldering arena, with ascents of problems such as The Duel in Hueco, a dangerous highball V10 problem, The Beautiful and The Damned (V13) plus other micro routes/boulders. Wills Young, one of the authors of Bishop Bouldering stated: “Kevin has taken things to a new level.” Matt Segal recently made the 4th ascent of the Cobra Crack in Squamish, Canada.He also made the first ascent of Iron Monkey, another 5.14 trad route, this time in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado.