A quintessential gritstone experience; subtle and finicky requiring a cold, dry day but no sun and some pretty hardy skin. Really satisfying to stand on top of one of the best gritstone has to offer.

Thanks to Will Buck for giving me the inspiration to go and try it, after the first session I was hooked!

Rhythm (8A+), Flasby Fell, North Yorkshire from David Mason on Vimeo.

In my eyes Cypher is the best 8B on gritstone; the movement, rock and line are all impeccable. The first move probably took me about 30-40 attempts over two sessions, surprisingly I managed to keep it together and climb to the top after sticking it for the first time. I felt like Klem Loskot after climbing Bügeleisen when I was stood on top!

Cypher (8B), Slipstones, North Yorkshire from David Mason on Vimeo.