The British top climber James Pearson manages the first repetition of what is probably the most difficult trad route in the world: Tribe in the Italian crack climbing Mecca Cadarese.
Already toying 10 years ago James Pearson - like many others - with the line in the climbing area Cadarese. Although it would have been easy to take a look at the route in detail using a static rope, James Pearson did not dare to take the line.
Fortunately, the South Tyrolean Jacopo Larcher believed in the line that became the longest project of his life. More than seven years ago, Jacopo got on the route for the first time and began to work on the individual moves and to find the right placements of the trad gear. Until shortly before the first ascent, he did not know whether the route was really climbable.
Aroused desire for repetition
A little more than a year after the first ascent of the route, it is now British James Pearson who managed to do the first repetition of the route Tribe .
When Jacopo successfully climbed the route, it was clear to James Pearson that he wanted to try Tribe. But the birth of his son did not allow him to invest enough time and energy in such a difficult route. Until recently.
Tribe spotted accompanied by wife and child
James Pearson drove with Ms. and child to the Italian climbing area Cadares to finally tackle Tribe. During the first day in the area, James was only able to work on the trains for an hour and a half because the weather was bad and the route was almost always wet.
When the weather improved, James started the first attempts and almost cracked the route on the seventh attempt. But this time too he could not crack the last boulder and fell into the rope. Again a bad weather front announced itself and the Cadarese trip was coming to an end.
Tribe probably has the toughest series of heavy moves on a trad route
On the afternoon of October 21, 2020, James Pearson managed the second red point ascent of the Trad Route Tribe. Like Jacopo James does not comment specifically on the difficulty of the route, but says:
More contenders in Cadarese
Not only James Pearson has been to the Italian trad mecca Cadarese in the recent past. Even the Slovenian Jernej Kruder, who secured James Pearson on the route, Tribe regularly projects. We are curious to see if and when Jernej can score the route. In contrast to James Pearson, he is not a very experienced trad and crack climber. As an active competitive athlete, he solves the final boulder quite differently than James Pearson and Jacopo Larcher: dynamically!
James Pearson inspecting Tribe
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Credits: Cover picture Tristan Hobson / Wild Country