America! F**k Yeah!

America! F**k Yeah!

Team America (consisting of Alex Honnold, Kevin Jorgeson and Matt Segal) have been tearing things up on the famous Gritstone in England.  Their quick ascents of several grit testpieces along with corresponding suggestions for some downgrading has caused quite a stir on UK climbing message boards.  

Other than and Jorgeson’s and Segal’s blogs, here are a couple more links for further reading:

Obviously I’m still learning E grades since I’ve only been here for a month [and spent much of the time in the rain]. I think the concept of E grades is really good, they do convey a lot of information. But I don’t really know all that well. I still mentally convert everything here back to YDS. R and X wouldn’t really work at all over here [on Grit at least] since virtually every route would be considered R. They work well in the US though because routes are generally taller and better protected. Basically, a route is a route, it doesn’t matter that much how you number it. Ultimately you still just have to look at the route and decide if it looks like something you can do.

Below is an unofficial list of some of the more notable ascents by the “Team America” crew during their visit to England:

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3 Responses to America! F**k Yeah!

  1. peter b November 27, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Great post Brian!
    Here are a couple of links for those who want to know more about some of the routes.

    For great pictures of Ulysses:

    For London Wall info : and photos at:

    A good video of Master’s Edge is here:

    A long time ago, I toproped Ulysses which is a balancy 12a/b arete and worked on Master’s Edge on TR, a likely 12c/d. I always wanted to do London Wall but never tried it. Grit climbing is amazing and I have always wanted to go back.

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  2. Narc December 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks for the info Peter! I always find Grit climbing to be very interesting.

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