I approached it with confidence. Luke and Ian had been talking about the Grading of it. I heard Ian say, “I’d like ta see an Hard VS Climba Do tat”.
So I though ‘let’s see if one can’
It was a solo as there wasn’t any gear. It was Probably the boldest thing I’ve done in my life. The initial scramble to the crux was easy, but then a crimp and a one-finger pocket led to a big, balancy reach to a good hold. Exhilaration and merriment filled my Blood Stream as the High-ball (unprotectable with a Boldering Mat) ordeal was over. I reached the top with praise and surprise from Luke- This fool had climbed a 'hard' HVS. I'm still yet to do the unprotectable E2 on the right hand side of the arete.