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8A by Courtney Sanders

Courtney Sanders who started to climb only four years ago has done her fourth 8A, The Hatchling in Rocklands. One good explanation for her fast progress is that she meet Daniel Woods in 2009 who is her husband since last year.

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8c by the Bacher Sisters

Sabine Bacher reports that she and her sister Barbara have done Der Schwarze Schwan, 8c in Ötztal. Both sisters have been active World Cup climbers for some ten years, and Sabine was #17 last year in Bouldering. Barbara has competed in both disciplines- in 2003 she was #5 in the Lead World Cup, and in 2000 she won the Youth World Championships.

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8b+ by Lena Herman (18)

Lena Herman has done her first 8b+, Land of confusion in Frankenjura. " Second try after work out, three days. PSYCHED!" Last year, Lena was #2 in a Boulder Euro Youth Cup.

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Record Streak by Jan Hojer in Rocklands

Jan hojer is setting records in Rocklands, where in the past 9 days he has done 26 boulders 8A and harder. In total, Jan has flashed 4 8A+ problems, and came close on The Power of One 8B, having to drop off to rearrange the pads. In the last Boulder World Cup, the German was #3.

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8a Practice & Ethics

Do you agree with the Practice and Ethics that 8a has suggested since 2003? We have choosen to take a moderate approach, in between the most liberal and the ultra-conservative. What do you think of our "yellow card" recommendations?

8B+ and report by Graham

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8B+ and report by Graham

Dave Graham who has been one of the leading climbers for 12 straight years, putting up the most hardcore boulder FAs in the world, has done Golden Shadow, 8B+ and more in Rocklands. Check his report on The Island

8a+ OS by Sasha Digiulian

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8a+ OS by Sasha Digiulian

Sasha Digiulian has onsighted Encore, 8a+ and flashed L'ami de Tout le Monde, 8b in Céüse. The 20 year old is famous for having done two 9a routes, and she is #5 in the 8a game among the guys. Last year, Sasha finished 2nd in the Bouldering World Championships without any bouldering-specific training, or any previous experience at the event. She also finished 8th in the Lead competition, and won the Combined category. Sasha is planning on starting her University studies in New York City 3 weeks before the upcoming World Championships on September 12th in Paris, and will prepare without specific training again.

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8b+ MP by Nina Caprez

Petzl reports that Nina Caprez has done the FFA of the eight pitch Carnet d'adresse, 8b+ in Rocher du Midi. Nina was a succesful competition climber and boulderer until she stopped in 2009, and now she is a contendor for being the best female multi-pitch climber.

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First 8A by Nina Williams

Nina Williams has done her first 8A, The Hatchling in Rocklands. She has also done three 7C+ problems, one of which was a very impressive flash of Teatime.