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Blade Runner 8C by Daniel Woods

Friday, 25 September

Blade Runner 8C by Daniel Woods

Daniel Woods reports on Insta that he has done Giuliano Cameroni's Blade Runner 8C in RMNP. (c) Daniel Gajda

"Since global warming has fucked up the seasons, (unusually hot weather remains in the high country at the end of sept!) I had to wait until 10 pm at night just to have a chance. Speaking of global warming this is also a friendly reminder to all my US friends to vote Biden/Harris into office and remove our current clown 🤡."

The 31-year-old, who is #2 in the 8a annual ranking game, has in total done 25 8C's and 6 8C+', which is most in the world. In 2010, he won the Boulder World Cup in Vail and he has also won the USA Nationals nine times in a row.

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Minas Tirith 8b+ by Karoline Sinnhuber

Friday, 25 September

Minas Tirith 8b+ by Karoline Sinnhuber

Karoline Sinnhuber, a former competition climber who has done almost 100 boulders 8A to 8B, has done her second 8b+, Minas Tirith in Ötztal. (c) Fabian Leu

"Amazing route! The real crux wasn't the crux for me... I was fighting hard against pumped forearms on the way to the rescue arete :-D. Way too hot for hard bouldering and I am still looking for a new boulder project 🤔 but it seems like winter says hello the next few days :D"

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Friday, 25 September

Sintra in Portugal

Vuelo a ciegas 8b by Geila Macia (12)

Thursday, 24 September

Vuelo a ciegas 8b by Geila Macia (12)

Geila Macia, daughter to famous Spanish climbers Berta Martin and Israel Gacia, has done Aribaba 8a in Montserrat, (c) Israel, as well as her first 8b, Vuelo a ciegas in Totxo del Macana. Interestingly, it was put up in 1986 as the first 8b in Spain. Berta did it ten years ago and comments,

"It is a short and explosive route with a decisive dynamic move at the beginning from two-finger-pockets. Last autumn Geila tried it once and then we went to Hueco Tanks for three weeks, where she did three 7C's. Once we returned she tried it again but then there was the lockdown and we just trained a lot at home. It was the only thing we could do...train. During the summer we focused on easier routes in Montserrat where she also did 8a and 8a+. On September 12th Geila did Arribaba, a very explosive and resistant 8a and we saw that she was very fit she returned to the 8b.

Geila was extremely motivated to go to the project because she was determined to do the dynamic move. The rest of the route is more controlled moves but requires a lot of precision on feet, and there are a couple of more controlled dynamics but she had them well-rehearsed. Many failed tries but her motivation never gave up. Eventually, she coordinated the dyno very well with the movement of feet and hips and went to the anchor... with determination and enjoying the moment."

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Thursday, 24 September

Simon Lorenzi doing Quoi de neuf 8B+ (C)

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Thursday, 24 September

Sep 23-26 Austria Summer Series Finals

The Austrian Climbing Summer Series Finals in Innsbruck is live Sep 23-26 on EpicTV

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Thursday, 24 September

Petting with an alligator 8A+ by Mia Krampl

Mia Krampl, #2 in the Lead World Championship last year and who later qualified to Tokyo, has done her second 8A+, Petting with an alligator in Maltatal.

I tried it few weeks ago and I loved it. So many different type of moves and heel hooks, knee hook... when I saw the boulder it seemed so difficult to me but with some help of my friends who have already sent it and told me the beta, I liked the line even better! Unfortunately I was falling from the last move for the several times on that day. This sunday I went back to Maltatal without the plan of trying Petting... but during the time I was waiting for the colder temperatures to try something harder with the other guys, I decided to give it a go! I've send it in few tries!

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Wednesday, 23 September

Il n'est jamais trop tard 8c+ by Paul Jenft (17)

Paul Jenft, who was #10 in Briancon, has beside his first 9a, done his third 8c+ during the last four weeks, Il n'est jamais trop tard in La Balme.

"It is a route bolted by Philippe Mussato in La Balme. Mathieu Bouyoud did the first ascent of this line last year and he motivated my to try the route. It is composed by two sections where the first is powerful with big moves. Then there is a good rest with two kneebars. The second section is more technical. It begins with a crux with a jump to a crimp and then there are pumpy moves until the top. I needed six attempts during two sessions to take it down."

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