Watch Ben Moon Climb 5.14d at Age 48 - Climbing Magazine

Watch Ben Moon Climb 5.14d at Age 48


Ben Moon redpointed Rainshadow (9a/5.14d) at northern England's Malham Cove on June 8, 2015, just a few days before his 49th birthday. Moon was one of the world's most influential sport climbers of the 1980s and early 1990s, pushing the grades like no other climber except Wolfgang Güllich from Germany. In 1989 he caused a stir in Europe by climbing two 5.14b routes in southern France: Agincourt and Maginot Line. At the time, only Güllich had established a new route of the same difficulty. In 1990, Moon freed Hubble at Raven Tor in England. Originally given 8c+ (5.14c), it was the first route of this grade in the world, and it has only been repeated a handful of times—far fewer than Güllich's Action Directe, long considered the first 9a in the world. In this inspiring and unpretentious film, Moon shows that he's still got it.