Young Achievement

by Rich Mayfield, Mick Ryan, Chris M Tom Middlemas, 13, falling. Tom Middlemas, age 13, has just finished his third climbing trip to the Orange House in Spain. This trip he was allowed to lead routes for the first time. His ascents include at Forada, sector Super Heroes: Spiderman 7a flashed, a new line to right at 7a flashed, Camara Alta 6c+ flashed. At Sella Tom did: La Cosa 7a flashed, A golpe de pecho 7a+ redpointed, Con las Manos 6c redpointed, Acrcobata Porcino 7a redpointed, and Kasha 6c+ flashed. Tom is an aspirant member of the GB Team, and is now sponsored by the Orange House in Spain. His hit list for his next trip will include some 7b´s and maybe a 7c. Tom lives in Durham. His parents do climb, but can´t put the draws in for him. He´s been climbing for 8 years and trains at the Sunderland Wall; he hasn´t done much outdoor in the UK yet.Stuart Watson (23) of Manchester, but based in Austria has climbed the route Brandy Tarte 8c+ at the Austrian crag, Niederthai. You may remember when Stuart was 19 he did Magnetic Fields an 8b at Malham Cove after only 5 hours. Earlier this year Stuart did The Joker a V11/Font 8A at Stanage and Great Shark Huntwhich he thought was Font 8A+ (V12) at Chironico, Switzerland, saying that, ” I don´t think it´s 8B because the holds are just too good.” Stuart has climbed several Font 8B´s/V13´s including the fourth ascent of Ben Moon´s Voyager (stand up) a Font 8B. More at Stuart´s blog Stuart is sponsored by Prana, Mad Rock, Edelrid and Bleaustone After a run of recent good form in events such as the Berghaus Bouldering League (1st place), the Birmingham NEC Skymasters (2nd place) and the Climbing Works International Festival (4th place), 18 year old Leah Crane has transfered her hard plastic climbing to outside bouldering with a string of recent hard climbs.Leah´s ascents include Autopilot Font 7B+ and Hanibal Lecter Font 7B+/C both in Ticino, Switzerland. Also, just before heading out to Switzerland, Leah climbed T Crack Font 7B at Cratcliffe, Peak District (possibly the first female ascent?). However Leah recently sent her hardest boulder problem to date, a 15 degree overhanging wall on thin crimps, named Doctor Crimp at Chironico weighing in at a hefty Font 7C. PHOTO.Leah is sponsored by Berghaus, Evolv and Metolius.