How to climb E1 // Interview with Beth Thomas
Beth Thomas is no stranger to Womenclimb. She is a reviewer and writer for us and we also climb with her. She’s recently broken the HVS barrier and climbed her first E1 trad lead – Tighe’s Arête at Hobson Moor Quarry. We talked to Beth about how she feels having climbed E1….
What preparation have you been doing to climb E grades?
Did you plan to do it today…how did it happen?
More relieved than anything. I had come so close last year. I got on Motorcade at Froggatt and got past the gear (sideways micro nuts!) and had to retreat. My head just wasn’t in it. I also got my first piece of gear in The Link at Stanage about 2 weeks ago but it was about -2 degrees and I couldn’t feel my hands so thought it safer to pass. Other than relieved I feel so so psyched to get on more routes and start to feel really comfortable and confident at the HVS/E1 grade.
What’s your favourite crag?
Without a doubt Froggatt Edge. I think it’s mainly as I love the environment, the walk in, the atmosphere, and it has loads of varied interesting routes. I did my first HVS here- Sunset Slab. This year I hope to do Valkyrie there.
Thanks Beth and good luck with your climbing this year and beyond. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to be hearing more from Beth…
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