Algorithm 9a by Nicholas Milburn

Sunday, 5 July

Nicholas Milburn has done his second 9a, Algorithm at the Fins, which Jonathan Siegrist put up in 2012. "It took me five weeks to learn how to grab the crux pocket, but damn did learn the subtleties of that hold. It took me six weeks to send the route, but damn did I sent. I even topped out and untied. I thought that was pretty cool. By the time I sent Algorithm, it felt really good. For such a long route, it's surprisingly cruxy. I only ever stuck the crux move twice from the ground, and the first time I stuck it, I slipped off immediately afterward. I felt silly but was excited by my progress. Overall, it is an incredible route on incredible rock in an incredible area." (c) Ben Crawford

Boulderwise, Nicholas has done up to 8C. Here is a new video including the first repeat of Jimmy Webb's Mind Shift 8B+ where he found a new kneebar that possibly made it easier.

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