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Speed 8c+ by Nico Favresse

Nico Favresses reports that he has done Speed, 8c+ in Voralpsee which was set up by Beat Kammerlander in 1995 and has been repeated less than 10 times. It took him 12 days and Nico also says that he does not think the Lucie extension adds a grade which previously has been suggested.

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20 great pics from Munich uploaded

Heiko Wilhelm from Austria follows most of the World Cups and each time he takes amazing pictures. We have just uploaded 20 of his best pictures, which will rotate on the right side of the home page.

8B (A+) by Ashima Shiraishi (11)

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8B (A+) by Ashima Shiraishi (11)

27crags reports that Ashima Shiraishi (11) has done Fragile Steps, 8B (A+) in Rocklands and it was filmed by Paul Robinson for the Chasing Winter film project. As the 11 year old previously and quickly has done two 8B's and flashed one 8A she is the female with the most impressive female Tick List in the world.

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World Youth Championship Singapore

IFSC.TV will cover the whole event live :) The lead qualification takes place on Wednesday and Thursday with the semi and final on Friday. Complete results Official website

Which is the first 8B boulder?

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Which is the first 8B boulder?

The first 8B suggested boulder was Le Danse des Balrogs, Video in Branson by Fred Nicole in 1992. Later it was subject of being down graded as an easier start was found 40 cm to the left and now it is a confirmed 8A+ also with the elimination start. In 1992, Enigma was put up as an 8B by Philippe Le Denmat but it has been broken without being repeated. The year after Jacky Godoffe propsed 8B for Fatman in Fontainebleau which also became an 8A+ before Fred added a sitstart (96?) to it making it an 8B again, before it broke. Fred did in 1996 put up another two 8B's which now also are contendors for being the world's first 8B: Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks and Master of Pogs in Balmaz (downgraded?). Another possibility is of course that the first 8B is actually an 8A+ that should and will be upgraded. Maybe John Gaskins or some hard grading Brits have some old 8A+ that can be the world's first 8B or actually any of Jim Holloway's 8A test pieces? Another alternative is that the first 8B in the world is Nicole's Radja in Branson from 1996 which is subject of being downgraded. The both boulders have defined starts before they join the same moves before the split. (c) Carsten Wittenberg

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Noguchi & Sharafutdinov win in Munich

1. Akiyo Noguchi 4t4 4b4 - Dima Sharafutdinov 4t10 4b9 2. Anna Stöhr 4t5 4b5 - Sean McColl 4t10 4b10 3. Juliane Wurm 4t6 4b5 - Jakob Schubert 3t10 4b17 Complete results Sean actually flashed three problems but got stuck on the very first move on the third problem which took him seven tries to figure out. The IFSC live broad cast was the best ever with updated results and nice commentating including interviews. The athletes were amazed about the feeling competing in front of 10 000 screaming spectators.

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8a+ OS by Céline Fergeau

Céline Fergeau who previously had 8a+ as a rdpoint personal best must have had a nice experience onsighting, Las dos golondrinas, 8a+ in Rodellar.