Toby climbs hubble, the worlds first 9a

Toby has continued his recent run of fine form by ticking the classic Raven Tor test piece – and arguably the worlds first 9A, Hubble.

I remember thinking to myself that one day I would love to climb Hubble. I then saw videos of old school room sessions and learnt about the route and its first ascent by Ben Moon, followed years later with ascents from other amazing climbers.

When I got back to Raven Tor and got on the route earlier today I didn’t feel great and couldn’t really do the moves as easily as on Saturday. It was windy but the sun was out and conditions were seemingly bad – so I decided to kill a few hours along with a few others at the crag.

Despite not feeling great earlier in the day I decided to go straight for Redpoints each time getting a little closer to sticking the drop in move. After about 20 minutes and on my 4th attempt I stuck the drop in move and I found the next 3 moves to the end of the boulder problem ok.

Once I hit the last hold of the boulder problem I knew it was just a case of staying composed to the top – which was the same belay where I finished Revelations (8b) 5 years ago!

Toby Roberts

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