Some of the questions are a bit answered though aren't they?
I bet that even if he hadn't planned to try and flash it before setting off on the trip, by the time he was about to pull on he was resolved to have a really all-out go.
"When I saw the problem I thought it looked like my sort of bag. It seemed to revolve around flexibility and heel hooking skills, which I tend to get on well with. I really wanted to try it, but the thought of flashing it didn't even cross my mind."
Was it ever touch and go or did he find it totally piss.
"I set off with a general idea of the sequence, and I was lucky to have Dave Graham on hand to shout advice when I started to look lost! He had spent a bit of time on the problem before and knew it inside out. Without his input I'm sure I'd have fluffed it."
Ok sure it's short, but you get the idea.