Top 3 Trad Climbs Of 2014 | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 408

24th December 2014
24th Dec 2014

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On today's show we're running down our top 3 trad climbs of 2014 and unsurprisingly that means more than one visit to the UK. Up first however is Italian climber Jacopo Larcher who secures third place this year for his repeat of the Beat Kammerlander route 'Prinzip Hoffnung (8b/+ E9/10) on the Bürser Platte at Vorarlberg, Austria. Mountain Blog were on hand to capture Jacopo in action on this fiercely technical test piece. ( Taking the runner up position is James Pearson who made a mental and physical comeback when he decided to return to the UK and repeat Dave McLeod's 'Rhapsody' E11, a route which he had publicly criticised in his youth. An undeniably great effort, but first place for 2014 goes to peak strong man and 'wideboy' Pete Whittaker who, in March this year, added a direct start to his 2013 route Baron Greenback at Wimberry Rocks. Already considered by many to be one of the last great lines on grit, Pete's direct start upped the ante both in terms of difficulty and danger. Thanks to Wild Country for the use of their footage: Top 3 Trad Climbs Of 2014 | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 408