Ben Moon Makes Fourth Ascent of Difficult Rainshadow
British climber, Ben Moon, made the fourth ascent of Rainshadow 5.14d at Malhom Cove on Mon. June 8.
Moon, who is 48 and has his 49th birthday on June 13, sent the difficult route 25 years after his first 5.14d.
Just climbed my 2nd 9a 25 years after my 1st. Rainshadow 4th ascent. Fxxxxxx psyched!!
— Ben Moon (@moonclimbing) June 8, 2015
In 1990, Moon sent his famous route called Hubble at Raven Tor, which he had graded 5.14c, but was later upgraded.
Rainshadow was established by Steve McClure in 2003. Malhom Cove is a 100-metre tall amphitheatre of streaked limestone.
Rainshadow is an extension of Raindogs 5.13, which was established in 1986 by Dave Kenyon. Raindogs had a futuristic throw for the final move.
It took McClure 17 days to make the first ascent over two years. It starts with a V11/12 bulge that leads to 5.13c and then there is about 10 metres of big moves.
Adam Ondra made the second ascent of Rainshadow and then in 2013, Jordan Buys made the third.
Psyched I got to watch @moonclimbing make the 4th ascent of Rainshadow 9a at Malham today. Good effort Ben!! pic.twitter.com/MGSAw9r14m
— Neil Mawson (@Neil_Mawson) June 8, 2015