Hailstorm 8B (+) by Alex Puccio in just 1+ session

6 March 2022

Alex Puccio reports on Insta with a video that she has done Hailstorm 8B (+) in Ogden and it was basically on her first session. In total, the 31-yar-old has now done almost 250 boulders 8A and harder which is most in the world among the females.

"We went up to the boulder the day before and I only tried the first few moves of the stand start “Firestorm” for a very short time because the entire top of the boulder was wet from the snow melting on the top. Maybe we climbed for like 30 min or so before the water came all the way down the boulder onto the lower holds. So we left.

We went back the next day and I was able to send the stand really quickly and then Michaela sent the sit. I didn’t have any intentions of really trying the sit but with some encouragement from them, I got on it, at least to see how some of the moves felt. I thought maybe I can come back to it. After a little work on it, and all of Michaela’s beta, I found myself climbing into the stand which already knew the moves and then climbed it to the top. For grading it, looks like some think V14 and some think V13, I honestly don’t know. Michaela sprayed me down with all her beta that she had to figure out for herself and it suited me really well!"

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