Ned Feehally is one of the UK's top boulderers and the only Brit to flash 8B+ (Trust Issues in Rocklands). Although he doesn't compete any more he was British Champion three times and made a World Cup final.
Whilst at university in Sheffield he met and climbed with Dan Varian (Carlisle Slapper on here) and together they took UK ground up highballing to new heights (sorry) as featured on Life on Hold (free to view).
Together they designed the Beastmaker fingerboard which 10 years on is still the world standard and Beastmaker, the company, is still going strong making a range of holds, boards and running BIFF. Both are still putting up cutting edge new problems around the country.
Just before lockdown Ned put up "The Boss" at Yarncliffe named in tribute to John Allen. It was publicised by Ned in typical low key fashion on instagram several weeks after the ascent.
“The Boss” is likely to be the hardest problem on gritstone so eyebrows were raised at the proferred 8B+ grade and reignited discussion as to whether our top problems were under-graded in comparison to the rest of the world.
I got in touch with Ned and he agreed to be interviewed. Questions were gathered from UKB members here
as well as off line.
Whilst I think I covered most of the ground directly or indirectly in the interview Ned is also happy to answer any further questions….