'Cutlass' (which Neil has named the route) was originally climbed on top rope by Ken Palmer, but never soloed. Some time after, Mike Robertson pointed out the line to Neil and explained its history. Neil returned to Berry Head in August this year to begin working the route in a traditional manner. No top roping, just ground up attempts. On Monday 13th August, after four days of effort and 13 tries, Neil finally put the whole thing together to deliver a cutting edge 8a+.
This is what Neil had to say about the route:
“ ‘Cutlass' lies above the start of '
Luckily for us, the whole thing was captured on film by award winning film maker Richard Heap, who was there filming the final stages of ‘Hard XS’, which is due out later this year!Photo: Neil Gresham on 'Cutless' F8a+, Devon
(c) Richard Heap.