Michaela Kiersch does three 8A’s in a day

Michaela Kiersch has had a great start of her first trip to Rocklands by sending eleven boulders 7C+ to 8B, including three flashes. Yesterday, she did Pendragon (8A), Out of Balance (8A) and Nutsa (8A).

Can you take us through the productive day?
I warmed up on the top moves of Pendragon [in the picture] which I tried my first day straight off the plane practically. I sent 2nd try from the ground today. Then I went to Out of Balance and sent first try today. And then I tried Nutsa, which I didn’t get to on my first day and was successful 3rd try after figuring out my beta.

How have the first days in Rocklands been?
First ten days have been extremely rainy and sad but the weather is better now! Today was only my second full climbing day here, because of the rain it has been many rest days and only a few short sessions between storms.

We have reached the finish line!

The Vertical-Life Climb to Paris Challenge powered by Mammut has come to an end. The global climbing community has completed the world's longest collective multi-pitch that started in Tokyo and traveled through Badami, Brixen, and Lenzburg before topping out in Paris.

Over 28,000 climbers scaled 14,000,000 meters on this journey that took us four months to complete. Every ascent logged on Vertical-Life during this timeframe went towards the total distance and goal of reaching Paris before the start of the Olympic Games on July 26th. It took 668,988 ascents to get us there just ahead of the world's best competitive climbers arriving to compete for medals on August 5th. We look forward to cheering them on and watching the show that they are bound to deliver in just a few weeks!

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Samuel Richard, 16, does Power of now direct (8C)

Samuel Richard, who last April sent The Big Island (8C), has completed power of now direct (8C) in Magic Wood. “2nd repeat after Simon Lorenzi. Too short to try the 8b+ so I tried the direct one. Really cool one.” (c) Chossy Shots

The 16-year-old was #19 in the Innsbruck World Cup three weeks ago after having won the qualification.

Can you tell us more about the ascent?
It took me 3 sessions to send it. I managed to do all the moves in 1 or 2 hours, but I really felt I needed more energy to send.

In the second sesh I was a bit tired, I tried to put send tries but it was not that great. Then I took 2 days off and in the first real try I put on the 3rd sesh I send the boulder. It was really impressive to see how it was changing to take 2 days off in terms of energy.

I’m training for the internationals comp, and it was kinda of my only outdoor holidays. So it’s nice to do some hard boulders in Swiss :)

What is your climbing background and which comps are coming up next?
Actually, I have been climbing for 13 years. My parents are active climbers and with my dad I used to do a lot of routes but I never did outside bouldering until the last two years. With my bouldering background in comps I managed to quickly send hard boulders :)

My next comps is possibly the European championship in Villars but it’s not sure yet. Then the World Cup in Prague.

Naoki Shimatani does G-Master (8C)

Naoki Shimatani reports with an Instagram video that he has sent G-master (8C) in Rocklands. His big project is The Finnish Line (8C) where he has already spent more than 15 sessions on.

Can you tell us more about G-Master?
G-Master took me about 4 hours to send. I was worried if I could reach the intense cross move, but I managed to handle it somehow. The crucial part of the later half, The guest list (8B) involved a distant left-hand deadpoint after the cross move, making it challenging with decreased accuracy. Even the subsequent lip moves were demanding, with full focus required for each move. In terms of grades, it feels 1.5 to 2 grades harder than The Guestlist.

Franzi Sterrer does two 8A’s in Silvretta

Franzi Sterrer, who was #19 in Innsbruck three weeks ago, has done Shining (8A) and Big Belinda (8A) in Silvretta. (c) Sebastian Schiefer

Can you tell us more about the 8A ascents and your future competition plans?
The past few years have been pretty busy competing in both disciplines lead and Boulder. As I decided to focus more on bouldering again after the Olympic Qualifying series I have way more time to climb outside too. I always tried to find a mental escape from competition climbing and training in the gym and I always tried to find it in other sports but nothing felt as natural and fun to me as climbing. So I am pretty happy I found a way to enjoy rock climbing as much as I am doing now and I am excited to push my own limits and set myself some goals outside of competition climbing.

Silvretta was just a perfect place to start gaining some experiences as there are so many great lines. Shining definitely was my favourite so far because it challenged me from start until the last few moves. I felt so welcomed in the community I already learned a lot from everyone I met the past few days and I look forward to spending even more time outside this summer.

Jun Shibanuma completes Dreamcatcher (9a)

Jun Shibanuma has repeated Chris Sharma’s Dreamcatcher (9a) in Squamish, after having projected it for 13 sessions over two years. In April, we reported on the five 8C's he had completed and he mentioned at that time that Dreamcatcher was a future goal. In a few days, he's flying to Brazil for a month-long trip where he plans on trying Origens (8c+). (c) Victoria Kohner-Flanagan

What was the secret to sending Dreamcatcher?
Just don’t give up! [My] Redpoint try went really perfect, I was able to move really smoothly.

Climb to Paris Challenge climbs close to final destination

Just 200,000 meters remain to reach the final destination of the Vertical-Life Climb to Paris Challenge powered by Mammut. After our start in Tokyo, where the last Olympic Games took place, we reached the first milestone in Badami. Now, we are close to our goal, having already reached milestone 2 at the headquarters of Vertical-Life in Brixen in the stunning Dolomites and milestone 3 at Mammut's headquarters near Lenzburg in Switzerland. Now it’s time for some prize raffles.

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Michaela Kiersch does Quintessential (8B) and flashes The Hatchling (8A)

Michaela Kiersch has had a great start of her trip to Rocklands flashing Caroline (7C+) and Black Mango Chutney (7C+). She followed up those flashes with quick ticks of Dirty Epic (8A), Barracuda (8A) and Quintessential (8B) and, just yesterday, she flashed The Hatchling (8A). "Absolute stunner! And arguably the most iconic climb in Rocklands... I watched a few beta videos but really I just had fun and knew the climb would suit me! Crimps and heel hooks are my love language." (c) Kevin McNally

Can you tell us more about the 8B ascent?
This boulder is super in my style and I was glad to do it quickly! Even did it twice, once with a headlamp for the slab top out and once for a better video.

Did you send it during your first session?
The first session was only 20 minutes before a huge rain came and this session was another 15 minutes.

Jules Marchaland repeated Chris Sharma’s iconic Three Degrees of Separation (9a+) in June. ”Crazy route, maybe the best I have ever climbed. Took me 6 days and I fell two times at the last dyno…"

How hard is the start of the route and how hard are the dynos?
I think the first part is like a soft 8c+ , but it depends on your [preferred] style of climbing. After that (for me) the first dyno (with the fews moves before) is around a 7C+ boulder, and then the two next dynos (also with the few moves before) are around 7B boulders. I felt good on the dynos. I flashed the 2nd and 3rd one and did the first and hard one 2nd go. This route is just crazy, so fun to try.

Allizee Dufraisse does Reve de faire (8A+/B)

Allizee Dufraisse has sent Reve de faire (8A+/B) in Sustenpass. “I started trying the boulder last year. I was motivated because I like Sustenpass and also because it has a lower 8B+ start, which is my goal in bouldering :) I did it on my third session this year and directly started working on the lower start.”

Have you had any progress on your long time project, La Rambla (9a+), this spring?
I am finishing my PhD, so I am writing my thesis. This is hard work every day I am very focused which makes it difficult to project routes. I can only focus like five minutes which makes bouldering fit better. I spent some time at my flat in Spain this winter but only climbed on other routes. Until I finish my thesis this winter, I will only focus on bouldering.