David Fitzgerald, Voyager Sit start (8B+), the video
When I first heard of the Irish climber David Fitzgerald earlier this year I had no idea what to expect.
Rolling into Sheffield for CWIF, I heard through the grapevine that this guy David had shown up and quickly dispatched the iconic test piece Voyager Sit Start (8B+). First climbed by Ben Moon 12 years ago, Voyager Sit has held its place as the hardest line on grit for over a decade, receiving only a few repeats. I had previously photographed my friend Nathan Phillips on the line so knew it was brick hard, as well as being very skin and condition dependent.
When I met David I was a little surprised. Knowing he had done a boulder like Voyager Sit I had expected someone a bigger, instead I was confronted with a fine boned, lean boulderer. Under an Irish tan that almost made sunglasses a necessity, you could see that he was extremely fit, but a boulderer the stature of Ben Moon, Niky Ceria or Ned Feehally (all who had completed Voyager sit) he was not.
As I arrived in Sheffield after he had done the problem I didn’t get to see him on it,which was a shame. But now an excellent video has been released documenting his ascent. I was lucky enough to get a few days out with him after the CWIF and was more than impressed with his ability. Check out the video, and keep an eye on David’s progress outdoors. If his project ever dries (The joys of living in Ireland) it’ll be nails!