Cotting: The Story of Two Worlds 8B+


Friday, 9 February

When Dave Graham put up The Story of Two Worlds as an 8C in 2005, 8a had for years talked about grade inflation. Graham's name related actually to the two grading worlds that existed at the time. Many thought 8C was just a sand bag grade and when Paul Robinson did the first repeat, one big website actually first reported it as 8C+. Sebastian Cotting did the 14th ascent the last week, using the lay down start which Dai Koyamada invented and suggested 8C+ for, and presented a video showing some new sequences he found. Here is his comments on the grade. "There’s always a way to do it better - Find it!“ And I found it. Enough to climb Dave Graham’s masterpiece „The Story of Two Worlds“. 3.5 years of trying and specific training. It was a crazy journey. After all the Betas we found (kneebar, heel-toe-lock), I think "Story" is closer to 8B+ than to 8C. Thanks to everybody, who helped me, to find all this crucial micro-betas. Regarding the low start: It basically adds only one more move. The first move and to put the knee bar is harder too. But no, there is almost no difference to the normal start (it's just nicer :). But keep in mind: With the NEW Betas. The low start was for sure harder for Dai. Not to mention how insanely difficult his Beta is for the whole "Story". My greatest respect to Dai!"

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