On Monday the 11th, Lisa Rands
got into the history of female trad
She made a quantum leap to become the first woman to lead a
. The route? The benchmark classic E8 -†End Of The
Affair at Curbar (E8 6c)
Lisa almost went for it on Sunday, but didn't feel right. Walking
into the crag yesterday the weather was super windy, but the window
presented itself and she tied onto the sharp end in the afternoon. Of
the ascent itself she said 'I felt more relaxed leading it than I did
top roping it!'.
Well, a little bit of† history about this route!
The route was first climbed by gritstone aficionado and technical
master Johnny Dawes back in 1986, and marked the end of his most
prolific streak of death-defying ascents. For shorter climbers, the
holdless rounded arÍte with its huge reaches presents a truly
mind-bending proposition. Due to its awesome appearance, The End of the
Affair soon became the most sought-after hard-grit line in the Peak and
has remained, along with another Dawes testpiece Gaia, probably the
most popular line of its grade (if you can call an E8 popular!).