26 July 2019

Blade Runner 8C (B+) by Ben Burkhalter (17)

Ben Burkhalter, who did his first 8B one year ago, has done Blade Runner 8C (B+) in RMNP in just three sessions. The 17 year old started climbing at age 12 and he is #3 in the junior ranking game. (c) Sam Weir ”WOW! Can’t believe it! Felt pretty good on the stand last month when I was here but wanted to save skin for Jade. This go around I came back to the boulder hoping to do the stand and possibly put in some work into the full line. The temps were much warmer this time forcing Sam and I to have to get up at 4:30 in the morning just to get some half decent temps! Managed it in just 3 sessions; 1 day for the stand, 2nd day I linked the bottom into the stand but got absolutely shut down on the 1st move of the stand, then took two days rest and did it 3rd day! Temps were pretty freak for July and the rock felt sticky. I felt strong on it and luckily the first time I stuck the gaston crux move I sent! Still in disbelief at the moment!! Easily my hardest boulder to date and fits me pretty well too. I think very upper end v14 or lower end v15 so for now, until more people give it a try 14/15 seems right to me. *One more note* it is a little bit harder now because the last hard move from the gaston pulling through to the jug is now a good bit harder because the full hand jug has broken off to a sharp full pad crimp making that move pretty tough from the bottom!”
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