Three 8B+ by Paul Robinson in Rocklands

15 August 2022

Paul Robinson has added 15 boulders 8A and harder to his ticklist from his latest trip to Rocklands. In total, the 34-year-old has now done 1 061 such graded boulders, which is the most of anyone in the world. His hardest this trip were three boulders graded 8B+;
Menage a trois: "2 days. what a sick pure crimp power bloc! love climbing boulders like this one!"
Trust Issues: "Biffed it off the top a few times and hurt my ankle. But damn what a stunner! Prob 8B but it's Africa and I'm 34 so whatevvvvvv."
Get Railed:"Wow. One of the best and one that I am just extremely proud of myself for doing. This thing required so much mental strength and determination to get myself to get over the fear and be able to try my hardest with such an intimidating fall. Thanks to Lizzy Ethan and Keith for the support on this one :)"

Can you tell us a little more about this trip?
It was a great season! It was really special to see people from all over the world again after so long being at home with the covid years. Everyone seemed to just be so happy to be traveling again and seeing old and new friends. My trip is coming to a close now but I’m so thankful to have been able to make it back to this paradise again.

How many times have you been in SA and how many FAs have you put up?
That was my 10th trip. If you count Driehoek as well then probably 250 or so.

What is the future potential?
The future potential is insane. There will always be an infinite amount of rock to climb for those who are into going on adventures and looking for it! All over for potential. I think just using google earth and hiking to new spots is the best way!

How is your recovery after your discs replacement?
I have not been able to get all of the strength back in my lat and bicep. It’s been 18 months. I imagine now I just need to work on conditioning and being a more technical climber to over come the loss in strength. I would guess my right arm is about 85 percent of what it used to be. But I have been finding ways around it. Using better technique and finding new ways to climb hard boulders has been a great challenge for me. I have some good ideas of what to train when I get home so that I can hopefully build more strength on that right side of my body again.

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