British climber Anna Taylor, 23, has made the third ascent and second free-solo ascent of Psykovsky’s Sequins E8 7a at Danby Crag, England. The grade of E8 7a translates to 5.13d on the YDS scale. This was Taylor’s third E8.
In October, we reported that Taylor had free-soloed all 83 climbs in the famous U.K. climbing book called Classic Rock, read about it here. A few years ago, Taylor became the first woman to climb the 610-metre face of Mount Roraima in Guyana. She joined a big team, including Leo Houlding, Anna Taylor, Wilson Cutbirth, Waldo Etherington, Dan Howard and Matt Pycroft. After the trip, Taylor said, “It’s been a wild month with highs and lows – crazy storms, spiders, snakes, scorpions, waterfalls, endless ascents, vertical mud slides, swamps, slime forests, river crossings, countless cuts and bruises, plenty of suffering, bags of exposure, and some pretty amazing pitches of rock climbing. All in all, it’s been the most incredible experience of my life.”
Psykovsky’s Sequins was first climbed in 2013 by Franco Cookson as a free-solo and was repeated by Dave Birkett who found some small gear. Taylor locked in the difficult moves on the climb using a top-rope before going sans rope. She also did it without using crashpads, which many free-soloits choose to use on short, burly high-ball-ish lines.
You can watch Taylor talk about her bold climbing in an interview here and see her climbing in a video by top U.K. climber Neil Grisham below.