The now 52-year-old climbing legend Ben Moon was now a repeat of Jerry Moffatts probably hardest route ‚Evolution‘ (8c+) at the ‚Ravens Tor‘. The Jerry Moffatt route graded Ben as very hard 8c +, and meant that the route is different in terms of difficulty of his first ascent „Rainshadow“ (9a). The bouldery route is only 10 meters long.

Ben Moon opened with the rarely repeated route „Hubble“ the world’s first 8c +-route on the same crag, which classifies some as 9a route ;-).

Ben means to his ascent: ‚Super psyched to final redpoint this really hard Jerry Moffatt test piece from the 90s at my local crag Ravens Tor. Only gets 8c+ but I don’t think there is a grade difference between this route and Rainshadow 9a. It’s a classic Ravens Tor route, only 10m long but basically sustained bouldering all the way. Probably hard Font 8a into hard route 8b with no rests and a heartbreak dyno to finish. It’s a great end to the year for me which has been one of the best of the past 35 years climbing. Racked up another 15 days on Northern Lights and although I didn’t quite make it came very close. Northern Lights is another level to routes like Evolution or Rainshadow and I’m sure one day will be recognised as 9a+. I feel in great shape for my age and looking forward to renewing my battle with this route again next year. Still learning about climbing and training even after all these years and most importantly still enjoying myself. Didn’t get a video of the whole ascent today but got the important bit!‘