Matlock, GB



as rider
3680 th / 3834
World Ranking


31 years old

Never afraid to challenge or question himself and always happy to try new things, he went on to excel in a broad spectrum of disciplines, from bouldering and sport climbing to trad and multi-pitch. His first ascents of The Groove and The Walk Of Life in the UK, two of the most technically difficult routes in the world, have raised the bar for hard trad climbing. His 2011 “ground up” ascent of Muy Caliente, an incredibly bold and difficult E10 on the imposing sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire, Wales, raised the bar for traditional rock climbing. James continued his success with fast ascents of several hard multi-pitch routes around Europe, including a flash of Mezzogiorno di Fuoco (Fr8b, 270m). In the autumn of 2014 he achieved a coveted ascent of the world’s first E11, Rhapsody, in Dumbarton, Scotland.

After meeting his future wife Caroline Ciavaldini, a fellow climber, in 2010, James embarked on a global climbing odyssey with her, experiencing climbs, sunsets and sunrises around the world from South Africa to the Philippines. Today he adopts a highly focused approach, seeking out technically hard challenges and unclimbed rocks and adapting his training to match. Always eager to share his passion for climbing with new audiences, he is currently writing an adventure travel book with Caroline and the couple have launched the S.P.O.T project which aims to share climbing equipment with developing communities in the Philippines and elsewhere.

Having matured as a man and a climber, James’s dream for the future is to continue to push the technical standards of his climbing with longer, harder and more challenging ascents. He is keen to return to South Africa and the Philippines but above all he remains motivated by the chance to discover new places and to fulfil his lifelong ambition of exploring the unknown.

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Rocklands a trad diary by James Pearson & Caroline Ciavalidini

In June 2014, Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson set off to discover Trad In Rocklands. Originally in search of hard, “cutting edge” new routes, what the couple discovered is perhaps even more valuable! An almost unlimited potential for Trad development, with 1,000’s of new routes to climb! In three weeks the pair barely scratched the surface, but if one thing was clear, it was that this amazing place, a place we all thought we knew, has so much more to give…

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