Aidan Roberts Established Right Hand Man, 8C, Last Summer

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Only five days ago, Aidan Roberts posted on his Instagram profile about one of the first ascents he made in August 2023.

Right Hand Man, graded as a difficult 8C problem, is one of Aidan’s most difficult climbs, along with Silent Singer, another 8C he sent in February 2022.

As this is not the best time of the year for bouldering outside, Roberts found himself reminiscing on the days of last summer and posted the whole story of how he sent Right Hand Man. He detailed that he’d tried this line in 2022, but left it aside due to the other projects he had on his mind. 

Aidan has been working on a project called Helvellyn (9A approximately) for quite a while, and between sessions, he went to Bowderstone (UK), where he started sampling some of the moves.

During the same time, somewhere between August and September 2023, Aidan also made the second ascent of Last Wave Goodbye (8B+) at The Wave crag in Derbyshire.

Growing up in the Lake District, Aidan Roberts is a UK climber who began his climbing career competing. During the last few years, though, he has established and repeated some of the hardest boulder problems in the UK and beyond, including Superpowers (8C+)  in the Lake District, which is widely regarded as the UK’s first 8C+.

He was also the first British climber to reach 9A, having successfully completed Shawn Raboutou’s Alphane (9A) in Chironico. In addition to these highlights, Aidan has established or repeated many problems in the 8B to 8C range, notably mastering classic test pieces like Off the Wagon (8B+) and Oliphant’s Dawn (8B+).

Featured image: @aidan.roberts98/@wedge_climbing 

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