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Michael O'Rourke (17) a rising star - 8B update

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Michael O'Rourke (17) a rising star - 8B update

Michael O'Rourke has during the weekend done Formula 50 super sit, 8A+ in Clear Creek Canyon and flashed The Portal Sit, 7C (+) in RMNP. In the junior ranking game, Michael is #5 but he is #1 among the 17 year olds. Today, he did his first 8B Free Range in Boulder canyon. How do you train? (More in the forum) I climb every day, I get outside a couple times a week and when I'm not climbing outside I will be climbing and training in the gym. At the gym I usually spend about 3 hours climbing and another hour weight training. To train I will do hundreds of pull-ups combined with campus boarding and one arm power training.

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Katha Saurwein adds ten 8A (+)'

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Katha Saurwein adds ten 8A (+)'

Katharina Saurwein has added 41 climbs to her log-book including eight 8A's and two 8A+'s. Last week she did three 8A's during one day and her is the nice video The Austrian has been a succesfull competition climber for 10 years and in 2008, she was #4 in the Boulder World Cup. In the last event she entered in 2011, she was #5. Video of Katha doing 8a and 8a+ in Red River Gorge

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Verhoeven adds 26 ascents up to 8B+ and 9a

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Verhoeven adds 26 ascents up to 8B+ and 9a

Jorg Verhoeven who won the World Cup in 2008 has added 26 ascents to his log-book including seven 8B and harder he did last week in Hueco Tanks. Last autumn he did three 9a's. During the last ten years, Jorg has been one of the leading climbers also on rock including also multi-pitches. He has also been involved in developing a new crag in Croatia. Picture on Esperanza, 8B+ from his blog.

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8b OS by Adrian Chmiala (15)

Adrian Chmiala has during five days in El Chorro onsighted the 55m El Oraculo, 8b and two 8a+'. The 15 year old also did Cous cous giving it a personal grade of 8b+.

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Nicola Vonarburg (39) at his peak

Nicola Vonarburg who started climbing in 1985 is peaking 26 years later being 39. Yesterday he did his second 8c+, Riti Tribali in Angelone. In the 35+ ranking game, Nicola is #9.

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