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Off the wagon Low by Yannick Flohé

Off the wagon Low by Yannick Flohé

Yannick Flohé, #3 in the Boulder World Championship in 2019, has done Off the wagon Low 8C+ in Valle Bavona. (c) Stefan Schmieg

"Took me three sessions for the stand start in 2020 and two more for the Low this trip. The trick was to have a rest day that helped a lot 😅 I think it must be said that the crimp you jump to got slightly better because a tiny bit of the crystal broke. The big move didn’t feel easier compared to last year but the campus move is much easier now due to more space for the thumb. I don't think it changes the grade because the crux is still to link the first move into the jump to the crimp. And there’s probably no boulder out there that suits my style better than this one so I can’t tell if it’s soft for the grade or I’m just strong. I will try to climb another 8C+ to compare the grades 😌."

Last year, Yannick participated in nine Lead and Boulder World Cups and his worst result was #23. In the World Championship, he was #9 in Boulder and #15 in Lead and in Combined he won!

What are your 2022 plans?
I’ll try to climb some hard boulders in Ticino and Bleau and maybe I’ll focus a little bit more on lead for the next comp season. Maybe I’ll skip some boulder WC's to prepare for the Lead comps. But I’m not sure. I’ll decide after the first boulder WCs.

Franks's Wild Years 8A+ by Alma Bestvater

Alma Bestvater has done Frank's wild years (8A+) as well as Ponk (8A) in Ticino, Insta video.

The 25-year-old German is an active competition climber who had her best year in 2018 when she was #10 overall in the World Cup. Last year she was #9 in the Euro Combined Championship.

La Rustica 8C by Sergei Topishko

La Rustica 8C by Sergei Topishko

Sergei Topishko has, in just three sessions, done La Rustica (8C) in Valle Bavona. "The best ending of 2021, did it in 6pm 31 December." (c) Marine Galunka

Five days ago, the 33-year-old did his first 8C+, Off the Wagon Sit (8C+) and here is the mini-interview.

Two 8A+ by Karo Sinnhuber

Two 8A+ by Karo Sinnhuber

Karoline Sinnhuber has done Frank's wild years (8A+) and The North Sail (8A+) in Cresciano. The first one she thought was hard and for the latter she comments. "Proud line! What a fight against cold fingers during the almost 3 minute climb 😂 not sure about the grade, if 8A+ then def a soft one. Doesn‘t matter, it‘s a must climb 😁." (c) Fabian Leu

In total, the Austrian has done 23 boulder 8A+ and harder and in the 8a annual ranking game, she is #6, just three points behind the #3.