Montane support Jesse Dufton on Old Man of Hoy project

Montane lends support to GB Para Climber Jesse Dufton for the first blind ascent of the Old Man of Hoy.

Jesse Dufton is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team. He is also blind, and won the 2018 National Indoor Climbing Championships (B1 Category). A highly-experienced climber and mountaineer, Jesse has climbed since he was young, and now leads trad (a style of rock climbing in which a climber or group of climbers place all gear required to protect against falls, and remove it when a pitch is complete) with the help of Molly his partner, who acts as his route reader and sight guide.

In 2017, he was part of an expedition into Arctic Greenland, ski-touring for a month across the Roslin and Bjørnbo Glacier and achieving two first ascents in the process, in the process becoming the first blind man to climb first ascents in Greenland.

On June 4, Jesse hopes to lead the first blind ascent of the iconic Old Man of Hoy – a 137m sea stack on Hoy, part of the Orkney archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. It is one of the tallest stacks in Britain, carved from its surrounding headland by the North Sea some time after 1750, but its Old Red Sandstone wasn’t climbed until Sir Chris Bonnington’s team in 1966.

Jesse Dufton said: “It’s great that Montane are supporting my push to lead the Old Man of Hoy, it’s an iconic route and I can’t wait to get started!”

The ascent is to be the subject of a film by the renowned Alastair lee of Posing Productions, which will be shown as part of the Brit Rock Film Tour 2019 – a curation of the best new climbing films featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers.

Alastair Lee added: “It is inspiring enough that Jesse climbs at a high standard but most impressively Jesse leads trad routes, yes you read correctly he climbs on sight trad with no sight. Mind blown. I am very excited about this filming project for Brit Rock 2019.”

Montane will be giving regular updates about the project via their website and social media.

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