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5 female and 3 male from Slovenia in Top-12  (3) Facebook
 

Slovenia with two million inhabitants dominated the qually in Munich when Japan had nine of their Top-10 absent. Anyhow, three of the Top-7 male were from Japan. The winners of the respectively groups were Janja Garnbret, Urska Repusic, Yoshiyuki Ogata and Anze Peharc. Complete results

 
 
Fred Rouhling's Akira 8C+ instead of 9b?  (7) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureIn 1995, Fred Rouhling put up Akira at Le Périgord as the world's first 9b in 1995, when 9a+ did not exist, after several months of projecting. It starts with an horizontal 12 meter boulder roof and then you tie in and finish an eight meter 8a, video. Previously he had done some 9a and 8B+ out of which some are still not repeated. Back then and until Climbing.com presented an article in 2004 most thought he was a liar, although 8a had backed him up. Still, he has not gotten the full credit for taking the biggest grade step in the history of climbing.

Chatting with him you understand that possibly it would have been best to suggest 9a+ or even better 8C in 1995 and indicate that it could be harder waiting for an upgrade.

"For sure now it’s obvious but at that moment there was nothing comparable. There was not even any crash pads and no roof boulders in Fontainebleau or elsewhere. Fred Nicole open the first 8B+ Radja in 1995 the same year of Akira. If I have said 8C+ it would have been the same problem."

Fred has done a total of six FA 9a or harder including Salamandre 9a+ and the three unrepeated; De l’autre côté du ciel 9a, Mandallaz drive 9a, pictured, and Empreintes 9a+.

"I was quite obsessed with the limit between the possible and the impossible. It’s only in the first ascent that we can have this sensation. It is not funny to have detractors but on the other hand to have done things that other consider impossible it’s a consecration especially if these climbers are supposed to be among the best."

Many of the best including Alex Huber (who was right about that 9b+ for Bernabe Fernandez) and Dani Andrada, said they did not believe Fred.

Today he thinks he is more poet than a sport climber. "I enjoy spending time in contemplate nature, reading books and picking stones. I kept a lot of strength and I can still do 8A without training or tiredness, just happiness! I prefer do small boulder with only one or two hard moves. There are not so many in this style which are more than 8b. La Proue, one move 8B, is incredible. It was a nice opportunity to open Akira and I'm grateful for that."

 
 
James Webb #2 to reach 12 000 points  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureLast week, we reported that Daniel Woods became the first boulderer to reach 12 000 points in the 8a scorecard ranking game. Now, with the FA of Primitivo 8C in Valle Bavona, James Webb has gotten 12 040 points, only 3 points below Daniel.

On the other hand, only counting flashes, James is kind of superior with 14 8B flashes. (c) Keenan Takahashi

 
 
9 of the Top-10 from Japan skip Munich  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAccording to the Munich starting list, the Top-4 female and Top-6 male from Japan (but Yoshiyuki Ogata) are not scheduled to compete in Muncih. These nine boulderers have made it to the semi 28 out of 31 times in 2019. (c) Eddie Fowke

In the last event in Wujiang, the four female were all Top-7 and the five male were all Top-7! Shauna Coxey as well as Stasa Gejo are also missing. This means we will see many new faces in the semi and in the finals at the same time this will be the most important WC in 2019, to get a good combined ranking score.

 
 
Best Climbing Rope - 2019  Facebook
 


 
 
Ondra Road to Tokyo #13 - Wujiang  Facebook
 

 
 
Mandanga Total 9a (8c+) and three 8c+' by Jonathan Siegrist  (10) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJonathan Siegrist, who did a 9b in Villanueva del Rosario ten days ago, has at the same crag done Mandanga total 9a (8c+) and another three 8c+' the last week. (c) Javi Pec

"Hard boulder problems and very good rests. Any line that goes to the top of this cliff is automatically 4 stars! Tough to grade, but seems like low 9a for the cliff. 3 tries including the bottom. No knee bars."

J-star is #3 in the 8a ranking game and in total he has now done 43 routes 9a and harder. More info on his Insta. "This last week has been awesome for me, feeling relief that the main objective is over and climbing a muerte on these other 5 star lines. At this point my body and mind are completely blown out, and it’s time for some serious rest."

 
 
Faus, Webb and Cameroni doing Primitivo 8B & 8C  Facebook
 

 
 
La Padrina 8a+ Cathy Wagner (53)  (12) Facebook
 

Cathy Wagner has done La Padrina 8a+ in Capçanes in just three days, "greatly facilitated by the powerful unexpected wind of the evening."

The 53-year-old has done 63 8a's to 8b during the last year and in total, 720 since 1994, out of which 23 % second go.

 
 
The Game 8C by Ryuichi Murai  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureRyuichi Murai reports on Insta that he had done The Game in Boulder Canyon which was his tenth 8C.

"I’m so happy to send Daniel’s masterpiece ! It took 2 days to send. First day, this boulder was bad condition due to rain and snow. I could do compression moves of upper part on the day, but bottom part (from start holds to 3rd hold) was so wet, and I couldn’t do.

Second day, this boulder was better condition and I managed to climb it in the evening. When I touched this boulder at the first time, I was certain that I can climb because I’m good at roof climbing and compression moves. So I could do quick ascent though it's a hard problem."
(c) Oda Momo

 
 
Esclatamasters 9a (8c+) by Mathieu Bouyoud  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureMathieu Bouyoud, who previoulsy has done 18 9a's and one 9a+ FA, has done Esclatamasters 9a (8c+) in Perles, in just six tries. (c) Henning Wang

"Now I come back in France for working. I hope the weather is good for trying the local project. Short routes in local cliff "Les Rigauds" and another one in "Virignin".

 
 
6.37 by Yoshiyuki Ogata  Facebook
 

Yoshiyuki Ogata, currently #8 in the Boulder WC, has set a new Japanese Speed record at 6.37. A total of five other potential non-Speed specialists did take part in the comp in Tokyo where Tomoa Narasaki was second fastest at 6.75. Complete results

Due to the multiplication format in Tokyo, the person who wins any discipline is almost automatically Top-5. The fastest time ever by a non-Speed specialist is 6.34 by Mickael Mawem and third is Tomoa Narasaki with 6.69.

 
 
The Big Island 8C by Pascal Gagneux  Facebook
 

 
 
La Rustica 8C by Daniel Woods - first to reach 12 000 = 8C average Top-10  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDaniel Woods confirms upgrading of Jimmy Webbs La Rustica 8C in Valle Bavona on his Insta. "Pure compression wrestling out this perfect overhung river polished feature. The crux move is a savage reach out right to a hard to get into pocket. From here you gotta keep your shit together all the way to the end. I actually fell on the last move a few times." (c) Stefan Kuerzi - Insta

Interesting is that Daniel will be the first boulderer to reach 12 000 points once he has put it in his scorecard. His Top-10 ascents the last 12 months includes two 8C+ and two 8B+ and the rest 8Cs. The 29 year old has been one of the leading climbers in the world the last 12 years and in total he has now done more than 250 boulders 8B and harder. Add to that five 9a+ and one 9b including also winning a Boulder World Cup, the 169 cm tall should be considered one of the best climbers in the history.

 
 
5c by Marcel Rémy (96) projecting a 6a MP  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureMarcel Rémy, born in 1926, has done the first pitch of Les Guêpes in St-Loup which his sons Yves and Claude put upin 1974. The second and finishing pitch is 6a and as he could not do it, it has become his project which he trains for. (c) Claude Remy, who together with his brother Yves have bolted some 15 000 routes.

Two years ago, Marcel did Miroir de l'Argentine, 450 m high, 12 pitches, 5b+. He came down flying a dual-parapente. Video in French.

 
 
Ninja SkillS SDS 8C/+ by Martin Keller (41) after 150 sessions  (2) Facebook
 

Martin Keller has published a a nice passionate blog about his FA of Ninja Skills SDS 8C/+ in Sobrio. It took his some 150 sessions including many during the night.



It should be noted that in 2012, Martin put up Der mit dem Fels tanzt after some 100 sessions. In 2016, he did the FA of Highlander 8C (B+) after 13 years of projecting. Further more, last week Martin did the Story of Two Worlds Low 8C which he used as a training preparation.

 
 
The Outer Limits 8C by Carlo Traversi  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureCarlo Traversi has done the first repeat of Jimmy Webb's
The Outer Limits 8C in Donner summits, in six sessions. "5 star line, great movement. Broke one of the crimps that Jimmy used, so had to adapt the sequence a bit. Maybe the hardest boulder I've climbed?"

Carlo has now done seven 8C's and in the Combined ranking, including having done the second ascents of the trad 8C+ Meltdown, he is #16.

 
 
Pachamama 9a+ by Piotr Schab  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PicturePiotr Schab, who just did his first 9b, has done his eight 9a+, Pachamama in Oliana in just eight tries. "Probably the best sequence of moves I've done in past couple of years." (c) Marcin Szymkowski

The Pole is #2 in the 8a ranking game after Adam Ondra which he has been for almost two straight years.

 
 
Bridge of Ashes 8C by Matt Fultz  (5) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureMatt Fultz, who just got married, is having a great peak being 27 years old. Yesterday he did his second 8C Bridge of Ashes in RMNP, just two weeks after he did his first. In the meantime the late bloomer also did the FA of Kenny Loggins 8B+ in St Vrain, meaning he has done 23 8B+. Including also 67 8B's, he has a solid pyramid for building upwards. In the 8a ranking game, he is #6 but continuing the peak and with an upcoming trip to Switzerland, for the 183 cm powerhouse at 78 kilos, he just might soon be in the Top-3. Videos on his Insta.

 
 
Beautiful pain 8c+ by Ema Seliškar (14)  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureEma Seliškar, who previoulsy has done five 8b+', has done her first 8c+, Beautiful pain in Kotecnic.

"It was really beautiful and painful - especially after falling from the last move in previous attempt. I tried this rout for the first time I think this was like one month ago and than it took something around 10 sessions to climb it. Now, I just want to climb a lot of 8a's and when we will go to Spain this autumn I also want to try something harder."

 
Katrin Gründler

Please add info of the
climb, your ascent and
the area
 
Katrin Gründler

Please add info of the
climb, your ascent and
the area
 
Gus Carter

Planet of the Apes V7/7
A+
 
Leo Skinner

leo skinner - corridors
of power 7c+
 
Leo Skinner

leo skinner - the groov
e 7c+
 
Gus Carter

Mullentino V6/7A
 
Markus Adamaszek

Varanito, Fb 7a bloc, A
lbarracín
 
SEVDA GEYİK

Kleopatra 8a, Alabalık/
Geyikbayırı
 
Bram Honorez

willenberg dach 8A, chi
ronico
 
SEVDA GEYİK

Junimond 7c+ / Geyikbay
ırı
 
Andreas Hanisch

Kirk Windstein Stand 7c
+, Cresciano
 
Bram Honorez

el varano, 7C+ Albarra
cin
 
Jon Shen

Flofo Grunewald on Fata
Morgana (8a).
 
Sebastian Maya

Momento es un boulder d
e los más bonitos de Mi
neral, un super clásico
que no te puedes perde
r!
 
Markus Adamaszek

LAF-B2-L7, Fb 6c bloc,
Albarracín
 
Stefan Billmeier

Bamboozalled, V7 Laos/T
hakhek - a perfect bloc
, wonderful line, solid
V7
 
Sebastian Maya

El Techo del Puma, Ciud
ad Universitaria, Méxic
o
 
Gus Carter

Ninja Gaeshi Sit, V8, M
itake, Japan
 
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Janja Garnbret (20) best competition track record ever  (9) Facebook
Click to Enlarge PictureJanja Garnbret has won the last six WC boulder events she has entered. In Lead, she has missed the podium once in all the 25 WCs she has done since she was 15 years old. In total, she has won 62 % of all Boulder and Lead WCs she has competed in. In the four World CH events she has participated in she has won three gold and one silver. (c) Eddie Fowke from last year winning in Munich.

Interestingly, she has been selective and not done all comps any year. Last year she just did three out of seven Boulder WCs and in 2016 she did not participate in the WCH. During the years we have seen many youngster being very successful being 15 or 16 years old but all most of them stopped competing quite early. Adam Ondra has also been careful selecting comps in the start of his career.
 
France dominated in Graz  (1) Facebook
France dominated the European Youth Cup in Graz. In total they got two golds and eight Top-4 positions. The most superior winner was once again Oriane Bertone who did all eight problems in the qualification first try and she was the only one to do all four final boulders.

00: Leo Favot FRA - Camilla Moroni ITA
02: Alberto Gines ESP - Nika Potapova UKR
04: Oriane Bertone FRA - Jim Zeimes LUX
Complete results
 
Vertical-Life’s Underdogs to adidas ROCKSTARS  Facebook
Click to Enlarge PictureQualify for the top-class bouldering invitational and compete with the best bouldering athletes in the world!

This year, two users of the Vertical-Life app will have the chance to compete at the prestigious adidas ROCKSTARS among the best climbers on the planet – it could be YOU!

Here is how the selection works:
Check if your gym is on Vertical-Life, and if so, mark your climbed boulders in the app and take first in your gym’s bouldering ranking by July 31st. The best climber from each gym will enter into the crowd voting. All Vertical-Life users will be able to vote for their male and female favorites. If you are among the 10 athletes with the most votes, you will enter into the jury stage. An international jury will select one male and one female climber. The winners have the honor of competing in their gym’s name at adidas ROCKSTARS in Stuttgart on September 13th-14th.

The Underdog winners will get an athlete invite to adidas ROCKSTARS and compete with the top athletes of the international bouldering circuit. They'll enjoy the same privileges on site as the invited pros. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. There's an additional bonus for all high performing climbers: adidas will reward the 10 crowd favorites with an adidas / Five Ten Underdog Package, while the best climbers of each gym will receive a prize from Vertical-Life.

1. Participate in your home gym’s ranking on Vertical-Life
2. Be among the top 10 athletes in the crowd favorite voting
3. Be chosen by the VL jury and participate at adidas ROCKSTARS

Check out the Underdog Website to find out more about participation and ranking criteria. If your gym is not yet on Vertical-Life, you can send a request to gym@vertical-life.info and encourage your gym’s management to sign up.
 
Very Woods in Rocklands  Facebook
 
Bouldering understandable, fair, anticlimax, cheating etc  (10) Facebook
8a was the only media present during the IFSC Olympic meeting with IOC in Lausanne last month. Here are improvements in regards the Bouldering format and rules suggested by me.

Understandable
1. Digital understandable scoring live updated on the TV-screen so even the non climbers can follow who is in the lead and what is needed to advance.

2. Take out the letters T and z and count and present only points 34 points instead of 3T4z. Ties will be separated by number of tries as already done. ”Welcome to the Bouldering Final. You get 1 point for controlling the zone and another 10 for topping out. The best possible score is 44 points.”

Anticlimax/Fairness/Cheating
1. How to judge ”control” matching the top but swinging out at 3.59 sec? The solution is to say you just need to touch the top before 4 minutes.
2. Appeals must be filed within 10 min and presented on the live screen.
3. How to deal with spectators screaming beta?
4. How to deal with boulderers looking at each other in semi?
5. The conditions deteriorates and with 8 finalists the disadvantage starting first increases. Better brushing after 4 two climbers including standing on stairs with blowing equipment. Change to LED-spotlight so the temperature do not rise.

Format changes after 2020 – This could be tested on Youth
a. Add one more zone = More fair and more excitement
b. Increase to 8 finalists/4 boulders = More countries and more action
c. Save 30 – 40 min: Rotate on 2 first boulders and only Top-6 finish
d. Break before last boulder = Commercial/Coffe break needed in 90 min show
e. Rotate starting order before last boulder = More fair and increased excitement
 
WICS: Indoor industry meeting 19-21/6 in Sofia  Facebook
Click to Enlarge PictureWICS, World Indoor Climbing Summit, is the first global event in the climbing industry and stands out by gathering a unique international set of climbing industry experts, under one roof. A carefully selected agenda built around the business of running a climbing gym — and the do’s and don’ts of turning it into a profitable venture, from the perspective of various markets — make the event a valuable experience for any climbing gym operator. It unites the pioneers of the industry on a global scale — people who have witnessed and experienced the growth of climbing from the first row and have played a big role in it.

It was interesting to hear the different ways the US market diversifies from Europe and Australia and some other places. And I thought that was unique perspective that I haven’t had before. Having all these gym operators from around the world in one place and having that kind of discussions was really interesting.” Jeffery Bowling, Marketing, IT and Business Development Manager at Touchstone Climbing
 
Kyparissi Festival 10-12 May with new beach sectors  Facebook
Click to Enlarge PictureClimb Greece reports that two new beach sectors have been opened just in time for the Kyparissi Festival 10-12 of May. In total, 60 new lines have been bolted and Aris T, aka Mr Kalymnos, says that the potential it as least 1 000 more routes in the area.

"If ever there was a dream crag above the beach, Balogeri Gorge is it: cliffs and faces of top-quality limestone unfold through the mountains until they spill out onto a remote beach with small white pebbles and clear blue/green waters."
 
Extreme domination by Japan and Slovenia  Facebook
1. Japan 1 288
2. Slovenia 1 025
3. France 535
4. Austria 395
5. Russia 313
Complete ranking

Japan continues to dominate the National Boulder World Cup as they have done for several years. Slovenia has been runner up for a couple of years. Never before two countries have dominated the ranking as in 2019.
 
Totally open affair among the male  Facebook
1. Tomoa Narasaki 260 JPN
2. Adam Ondra 204 CHE
3. Kokoro Fujii 190 JPN
4. Rei Sugimoto 179 JPN
5. Aleksey Rubtsov 159 RUS
6. Anze Peharc 154 SLO
7. Jernej Kruder 151 SLO
Complete results

Interesting is that both Tomoa and Adam have just done three events. Further more as Tomoa and another four of the best Japaneses will skip Munich in two weeks, anybody ranked in Top-20 can still win theoretically. However, in practice it is probably a battle in between Ondra and Narasaki with Peharc and Kruder as the first challengers.

The ones having not performed up to standard are especially Sean McColl with 31 points and Alex Megos with 49 points but also Alex Khazanov with 63, Gregor Vezonik with 81 and Jakob Schubert with 84 points.

It should be mentioned that for the non-Japanese, the Munich WC is the best option to get a good score for the Combined World Cup 2019.
 
Uznik and Douady win in Innsbruck  Facebook
1. Luce Douady 44 (5) FRA - Nicolai Uznik 14 AUT
2. Celina Schoibl 44 (9) AUT - Mikel Molina 13 ESP (1,4)
3. Urska Repusic 34 SLO - Alfons Dornauer 13 (1,7)
Complete results

The Norwegian coach Reino Horak reports ony positive comments for the comp. "Good organisation and vibes throughout the competition. Exciting until the end and the boulders were fun. I am really looking forward to more European Cups in the future. "
 


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