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The World’s Hardest Trad Route: Interview With James Pearson

In today’s podcast episode, Tom Randall sits down with James Pearson, one of the most exceptional climbers of his generation in the UK. Tom and James discuss his impressive career, which started with him pushing the cutting edge of the UK climbing scene in trad and hard bouldering as a teenager, after just four years of climbing. Since then, James has climbed all over the world, making a name for himself by establishing and repeating many of the world’s hardest trad lines, and flashing V13s back when almost no one in the world was doing it.

Despite James’s numerous accomplishments, he remains a relatively unknown figure outside of the climbing world. In this podcast, Tom and James dive deep into how he has maintained his consistency of performance and what really drives him. They also discuss his recent achievements, such as completing the hardest trad route of his career and coming close to flashing Neil Gresham’s bold new E11.

This episode promises to be an insightful and inspiring discussion for climbers and non-climbers alike. So, whether you’re a fan of hard climbing or just looking for motivation, be sure to tune in and listen to James’s story, available on various platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher etc., and learn from one of the best climbers out there.

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