Toby Roberts, 11 years old, climbs Revelations
At Raven Tor, 8b for the young and strong climber08 November 2016
The very young Toby Roberts,11 years old climber, resolved Revelation, an 8b route in Raven Tor. “Revelations was a hard project for me and a classic route and that made it feel very special when I managed to send. I had been told that the route was really ‘heightist’ with a tough 7c boulder problem at the beginning of the route being particularly hard using the normal beta. The rest of the route included a big undercut move onto a mono and into the bottom of the groove with a knee-bar rest.
I then needed to move to the top of the groove and traverse right a few moves pulling onto the technical slab at the top of the route to the belay. After a few more sessions making sure I knew every move I took 2 days rest to try and make sure I was at maximum strength, then for the first time got through the Crux on the Saturday. I then came back on the Sunday and on my 3rd attempt of the day I completed my project.
It was a great feeling and I was really happy to have climbed such a difficult and demanding route and to be the smallest and youngest person to be able to climb it."
Just last year, Toby did his first 8a climbing Ringdogs at Malham Cove.