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Munich finals  Facebook
 

 
 
Vezonik fairy tale with opposite approach to Kruder - Republished from May!  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureGregor Vezonik was on average #30 in the Boulder World Cups the last two years. In 2018, he started out by being #53. Later and suddenly, the Slovenian has being #3 two times this year. Normally his roomie is Jernej Kruder who leads the World Cup. Interesting they have totally different approach focusing on rock respective plastic. What they seem to share is very low focus on the results, instead it is about just making it to the next round so they can have fun on more spectacular boulders.

How have you been able to fight so long with not so very good results and how can you explain the recent success?
Travelling with some of the best friends. I had a dream and somewhere in the back I guess i believed it’s gonna happen. It’s also not so hard if you have the support of the people closest to you. Climbing just feels good. Trying hard or slopers, flying on crazy triple dynos or balancing in slabs is just good. Of course sometimes it feels better and it’s easier to enjoy good results but even when you don’t feel the best or don’t make the best result.. it’s just fun.

I think there isn’t a single explanation for this years success. I might be training just a bit more and doing loads of things just a bit better (like food, sleep, stretching...) but overall I think some things just need time. The most important is not giving up. I normally train six times a week, 3-4 hours per session. I have a specific training plan made with my coach Roman Krajnik and I don't really want to talk about it. It's mostly just a lot of climbing.

 
 
Total domination by Japan and Slovenia  Facebook
 

1. Jernej Kruder SLO 442 - Miho Nonaka JPN 500
2. Tomoa Narasaki JPN 400 - Akiyo Noguchi JPN 495
3. Rei Sugimoto JPN 334 - Fanny Gibert FRA 320
4. Aleksei Rubtsov RUS 296 - Janja Garnbret SLO 260
5. Gregor Vezonik SLO 280 - Katja Kadic SLO 246
6. Kokoro Fujii JPN 260 - Stasa Gejo SRB 222
7. Jongwon Chon KOR 247 - Ekatarina Kipriianova RUS 210
8. Tomoaki Akata JPN 218 - Futaba Ito JPN 179

Ten male Japanese in Top-21 and eight female Japanese in Top-31. Overall national ranking:

1. Japan 2 269
2. Slovenia 1 344
3. France 823
4. Austria 735
5. Russia 591

 
 
Happy ending for Slovenia in Munich  Facebook
 

In a rather strange final were all boulders were topped but were most actually could not move from the start hold on the three first boulders. We saw a nice happy ending with five tops in just six tries on the last boulder and two very popular Slovenians on top.

Gregor Vezonik was #50 in the WC 2017 and started out in the same level in 2018 by being #51 in Meiringen. Then in Moscow something kicked in and he was #3 in Moscow and overall in 2018 he ended #5.

The overall winner 2018 Jernej Kruder also from Slovenia has a similar story but at a much higher level. In between 2010 and 2017, where he has been competing actively, he has always been in between #8 and 31 overall before winning in great style 2018.

Interesting is that Gregor and Jernej have almost opposite approach when it comes to training and climbing focus. Jernej is almost not training indoors at all and instead he enjoys all disciplines including trad and multipitches. Gregor on the other hand has a structured approach mainly focusing on indoor bouldering.

1. Gregor Vezonik SLO
2. Jernej Kruder SLO
3. Jakob Schubert AUT
Complete results

 
 
Garnbret wins but Nonaka is the champion  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureThe overall world cup 2018 was decided on the last boulder when Akiyo Noguchi flashed to put pressure on Miho Nonaka. She also flashed, secured the overall title, and actually starting cry holding the last top. Then Janja Garnbret made her fourth flash in a row to win the competition. This was as exciting and thrilling as it can get. These three girls have been totally superior in 2018 and their worst result were third. Complete results (c) Heiko Wilhelm

 
 
8B+ by Tropia in Brazil  Facebook
 

 
 
Two FAs by Baffin Island  Facebook
 

 
 
Garnbret, Gibert and Fujiwaki win semi in Munich  Facebook
 

Yuji Fujiwaki, who never has made it to the final, won the semi by being the only one to top all four boulders. Also in the qually, the Japanese was the only one to top all problems. Among the female, Janja Garnbret and Fanny Gibert were tied winners. Both Japan and Slovenia did get two male and two female into the final. In total Japan got 5 female Top-11 and 6 male Top-9. Complete results

 
 
Allrounder Kruder secures the overall Boulder title in the semi  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJernej Kruder is the Boulder World Cup winner 2018 as he made it to the final in Munich at the same time as Tomoa Narasaki ended #9. Interestingly, the Slovenian says he seldom trains indoors and instead he is an outdoor allrounder doing everything also multi-pitches. In the 8a Combined ranking game, the 28 year old is #7 and he is going for Tokyo 2020. (c) Eddie Fowke

On his Instagram he reported that during the last week he did a 300 m as well as an 8c sport route. During the last weeks he has also been climbing in Céüse and competed in a DWS as well as in the Lead and Speed WC in Chamonix.

 
 
6 Japanese female Top-12 in qually  (7) Facebook
 

Janja Garnbret and Miho Nonaka topped all five boulders in their respectively group. Noteworthy is that Japan had six female in the Top-12 which is a new record for them and confirms their up-going trend. Complete results

Miho leads by five points ahead of Akiyo Noguchi in the overall ranking. Akiyo needs to be at worst #2 and beat Miho in order to win. Janja has only competed in two Boulder WCs in 2018 (1 - 2) and if she continues on that level she will probably be #4 overall.

 
 
Puman #51 och Serlachius #55 på Boulder WC  Facebook
 

Vid årets sista Bouldervärldscup i Munchen kom Hannes Puman #51 och Fredrik Serlachius #55 av 128 deltagare. Bland damerna så kom Linda Sjödin och Katrin Amann #79, Sandra Jonson #87 och Sara Engqvist #90 av 102 deltagare. Kompletta resultat

 
 
9 male Japanese to semifinal in Munich  Facebook
 

Once again the Japanese dominated the boulder qualification with eight guys within Top-14 and a total of nine to the Top-20 semifinal. In the Top-10, there were only Germans and Slovenians accompanying the Japanese. Complete results

The Boulder WC in Munich is the seventh and last in the WC 2018. Jernej Kruder leads four points ahead of Tomoa Narasaki so pretty much who wins the battle, if they are Top-9, will be the overall champion.

Noteworthy is that 126 athletes competed but only one third managed to do more than one boulder. As many as 29 did a maximum of one zone. Live-streaming of semi and final 12.00 and 18.20.

 
 
Duffy and Tanii make perfect ending in Moscow  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge Picture"Hollywood ending!" The IFSC live-streaming commentator summarizes The Moscow Youth World Championship just after it has finished with two great Tops by Collin Duffy and Natsuki Tanii. Colin, who also won last year in a spectacular show, got four straight Tops and Natsuki did win also in Bouldering in Moscow. (c) Eddie Fowke

1. Natsuki Tanii JPN - Colin Duffy USA
2. Nika Potapova UKR - Thomas Podolan AUT
3. YueTong ZHang CHN - Kentaro Maeda JPN
Complete results

 
 
Japan totally superior in Lead and Bouldering in Moscow  Facebook
 

The medal table for Lead and Bouldering from the Youth World Championship in Moscow says it all;

Japan 5 - 1 - 6
Slovenia 1 - 3 - 1
France 1 - 2 - 2
USA 2 - 0 - 0
Complete medal table including Speed.

Also last year the Japanese juniors dominated and the big question is what they are doing differently? Based on what their senior coaches, who are almost as successful, as well as talking to some of the best youngsters, we know that Japan training sticks out with minimum structured and complementary physical training. Basically, their focus is mainly just challenging, with a great team spirit, boulders and routes in different gyms around Tokyo.

Structured and complimentary physical training is, beside yoga and stretching etc, almost non-existing. Instead, they focus on doing boulders in a group meaning they concentrate on technical and tactical training. Noteworthy is that this was the same success recipe that Adam Ondra used when he was a teenager.

It should be noted that runner-up when it comes to medals is Slovenia with just two million inhabitants. They are known for their structured training so obviously there are different possibilities for success.

 
 
8B+ (C) by Gabri Moroni  Facebook
 

Gabri Moroni, who was #18 in the Munich Boulder WC, has done Martin Keller's Highlander in Sustenpass giving it a personal 8B+ grade.

 
 
Lukan and Narasaki Junior winners in Moscow  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureMeichi Narasaki took his second gold in Moscow in another great show where he skipped the second last hold and made a huge dyno to the last hold. Vita Lukan, bronze in boulder, won among the female with a nice and smooth style.

1. Vita Lukan SLO - Meichi Narasaki JPN
2. Nolwenn Arc FRA - Jakub Konecy CZE
3. Nina Arthaud FRA - Kai Harada JPN
Complete results (c) Eddie Fowke

The Juniors competed on the same route as the Youth A and interesting is that among the boys, the younger category had equal or better results among the Top-6 ranked.

 
 
Raboutou and Nishidi Youth A Champions  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureBrooke Raboutou and Hidemasa Nishidi are the Youth A Lead World Champions. Hidemasa is the only one in Moscow who topped all four routes and he actually cruised the final route. Two weeks ago, the 15 year old was #11 in the Arco WC. Last year Brooke was #9 in a Lead WC and #10 in a Boulder WC.

1. Brooke Raboutou USA - Hidemasa Nishidi JPN
2. Futaba Ito JPN - Luka Potocar SLO
3. Sandra Lettner AUT - Katsura Konishi JPN
Complete results (c) Eddie Fowke

Interesting is that Alberto Gines, who was #7 in the last WC in Arco, was #5 and Laura Rogora was #6. The level in this category is extremely high and anybody in the final seems to also be able to be Top-15 also in the World Cup.

 
 
Udo Neumann - Factors deciding in Lead  Facebook
 

 
 
8B and 8A+ by Isabelle Faus  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureIsabelle Faus has done Quintessential 8B in Rocklands. © Chad Greedy In total, she has now done 47 boulders 8A+ to 8B+ and she is runner up in the female ranking game.

"Psyched! Also I did Steak House 8A+ the other day! Not a crazy hard boulder but way outta my style so I’m pretty psyched about it... Gonna try and continue my theme of classic boulders still unclimbed by women."

 
 
8A #19 for Oriane Bertone (13)  Facebook
 

 
 
Jung interview on his trad 8c+++?  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDaniel Jung started working on The Recovery Drink in 2012 together with Nico Favresse. Next year he was back when Nico did the FA and also in 2015 and 2017 he made long trips up to the remote Jössingfjord in Norway but no success. This year he was back and some holds broke, making it slightly harder. In the end he had to extend his trip with another four days, before taking down the possibly hardest trad route in the world. As Favresse, Daniel avoids giving a grade but what we know is that the German had to struggle at least as hard for when he did his two 9a+', La Rambla and Coruna.

Did you train specifically for doing the Recovery Drink?
After the first trip I did some stretching, I was struggling with one move, because I was too stiff. Also I set some volumes on a steep wall of our bouldering gym, Schlüsselstelle. I trained to rest in steep open handjams, that was really good to do. For my last trip, I just new that it is good to arrive with lots of power endurance. So I trained on long boulderproblems, mainly in the night, because it was too hot before 22:00. To train during the summer heat was a hard time.

What made this route so important so you did go back for three long dedicated trips?
The most important is to send my long time projecting in a beautiful place on a perfect wall. So the Jössingfjord fitted very well. Also, I was sure that I would be able to climb it. The process took a while, but why giving up when I feel close? Also I‘m very bad in giving up!

How does it compare also grade wise to the hardest sport routes you have done?
I really can’t compare the route, it’s an unique style, a totally different cup of tea compared to what I did before.

 
 
9a again by Stefano Ghisolfi  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureStefano Ghisolfi has done his 17th 9a, Pure Dreaming in Arco, which Adam Ondra put up this spring. " It would be a hard 9a if Adam wouldn't find this kneebar after the first section of the route, so it is "just" 9a." (c) Sara Grippo

In the Lead World Cup, the Italian is #2 after having won one event out of four. Currently he is training hard often in Innsbruck in order to prepare for the upcoming World Championship next month.

 
 
0.1 point for touching/controlling the Top in Bouldering  Facebook
 

As you probably know, based on the change in the IFSC bouldering rule, it is possibly to present the results as points. Last year I was part of a Working Group in IFSC invited to a meeting in Munich where I suggested one bonus point for a flash as well as increase to two zones.

One reason for this is to make competitions more fair based on how good the athletes did climb. Two zones will also reduce the risk for going home empty handed with zero zones, aka 0 points as happened often for 10 % of the field like in Moscow YWC.

Another way, or in a combination, to make the comps more fair and understandable for the spectators could be to give 0.1 point for touching (or controlling) the final hold with one hand. Alternatively, you can define the second zone as controlling the top with one hand.

It is simply not fair that one climber who just reaches the zone gets as good score as, or possibly even better, compared to the one who climbs several moves longer and falls matching the final hold. It should be mentioned that such unfairness happens more often for the ones further down the list who do not make several tops.

 
 
Total Japanese domination in Bouldering  Facebook
 

In total, Japan did get three golds and four bronzes. The runner up is France with one medal in each color and a total of five finalists. The big sensation is that Austria has just have had one athlete in the final which can be compared with 12 for Japan.

In 2017, Japan got nine youngsters on the podium and a total of ten finalists. The country that has dropped the most in 2018, is USA who got two golds and another two medals in 2017. This year, they just did get two in 6th position.

 
 
Two golds and bronzes for Japan in Youth B Bouldering  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJapan continues to dominate Bouldering in the Moscow Youth World Championship. In Youth B, they got two golds and two bronzes in great finals with almost perfect route setting were all boulders were done. Complete results (c) Eddie Fowke

1. Rei Kawamata 44 - Natsuki Tanii 34 (6)
2. Thomas Podolan 34 (4) - Naile Meignan 34 (8)
3. Nukui Ryoei 34 (5) - Hana Kudo 24

Rei, who also won last year, did his first 8B+ this summer. He has no trainer and his training is just made of my working and repeating the high class boulders at his gym.

 
 
Dani Arnold sets new Speed record above Chamonix  Facebook
 

 
 
Ymer Alber till semi kl 14.00  Facebook
 

Ymer Alber gjorde sitt bästa kval 2018 när det gällde som mest. På första leden kom han #12 och på den andra #19 och blev därmed #17 sammanlagt på Leadkvalet på J-VM. Detta är emte året i rad som han går till semi. Hans bästa placering hitills är en #14 plats. Semifinalen live-streamas kl 14.

Olof Morsing kom #43 av 71 i Youth A.

 
 
Honnold Free Solo Trailer  (2) Facebook
 

Alex Honnold sat a new standard in climbing by free solo the 30 pitches Freerider 7c (+) in Yosemite last year. In his scorecard, including 949 ascents, he commented, "Solo! 3:56 on route. The end of an epic life dream. Such an experience. Logged it as a boulder problem - thanks 8a!"

The National Geographic documentary Free Solo is set to open on theaters September 28.

 
 
Avezou & Rogora winners in Youth A Bouldering  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureKind of strange finals for Youth A in bouldering. A bit too easy for the boys and too hard for the girls. All three medalists among the male got almost identical results as they all did four tops in just five tries. The two best did take the four zones in five tries meanwhile the bronze guy needed five tries.

For the female, only two of the boulders were done and the winner, Laura Rogara flashed them both. (c) Eddie Fowke Complete results

1. Laura Rogora 23 - Sam Avezou 44 (5/4)
2. Lucka Rakovec 14 (4) - Eneko Carretero 44 (5/4)
3. Futaba Ito 14 (5) - Nathan Martin 44 /5/5)

Overall, Japan has been the best country in bouldering with one gold and two bronzes. The big sensation is that Austria has not had one finalists!

 
 
7C+ by Keegan Sullivan (8)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureKeegan Sullivan started climbing being four years old and did his first 7A being six years old. Now two years later he has done his first 7C+, Freedom Fries in Grayson Highlands State Park. Even more impressive is his grade pyramid made out of 101 recorded ascents. His father Brandon says the family focus is outdoors and just the last year they have traveled 29 times to twelve different locations, also including two younger brothers also pushing hard.

Our family was brand new to climbing just four years ago. Keegan would not be climbing at this level without the amazing support we have received from our local community. His gyms, coaches and teammates keep climbing fun. Our friends, the Collin and Kelly families, introduced us to crags, climbing technique, competitions, and to an even larger community.

Perhaps the thing that separates Keegan most from other youth climbers is his mature ability to project challenging problems. When arriving at a boulder, Keegan will set out the pads, clean and brush holds, and work all of the moves. Then he will meticulously link sections of the boulder until he finds a nice flow in the sequence. We routinely see him work problems with intense focus and persistence, sometimes lasting hours and multiple
sessions.”

 
 
Slaney & Narasaki take first bouldering golds  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureHanna Slaney, who never has stood on a IFSC podium before, won the first bouldering gold in Moscow after having been #12 in the qualification and #4 in the semi. Among the boys, Meichi Narasaki, who was second last year in both Lead and Boulder, arrived on top. It was a perfect start thrilling to end with perfect route setting by Jacky Godoffe and his crew. Complete results (c) Eddie Fowke

 
 
Junior Boulder Finals Euro 13.30  Facebook
 

 
 
Junior Boulder Finals Euro 13.30  Facebook
 

Excellent start of the Youth World's in Moscow with great boulders on volumes and 02.30 PM GMT+3 (Euro 13.30) the junior finals in bouldering starts. Among the male, three Japaneses were ahead in the semifinal and for the female, there were two from Slovenia and one from Japan in the top.

In the Youth A category, with the finals on Sunday, two Japanese girls stood out and among the boys, Sam Avezou, who was #16 in Speed, was the only one with four tops in the semi.

 
 
Åland and Västervik in 25+ degrees  (1) Facebook
 

 
 
8c and 8b+' by Chaehyeon Seo (14)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureChaehyeon Seo, who last week did her first 9a, has done Wacka Flocka 8c and the two 8b+'in Rifle; Simply redlined and Zulu. In the 8a ranking game, the 14 year old is #2.

Chaehyeon's father, Jungkuk was #10 in an Ice WC in 2015 and in 2016 he did an 8b+ in Red River Gorge. Back home in Korea, he is a youth trainer in his own gym in Korea. Her mother, Chigon is also an 8a climber and has participated in some World Cups.

 
 
Cody Roth under the radar interview  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureClimbing has presented an interesting under the radar interview with Cody Roth (34). He has been a very dedicated climber half his life although not following the mainstream and thus staying under the radar in spite recently doing his first 9a+, being #6 in his first Lead WC being 19 years old, made the first repeat of a Manolo 8b+ and also done hard sport routes on trad. Insta mainly non-climbing focus.

Having grown up in the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’m not used to being around a lot of people, so crowded crags don't make me happy,” Roth told Climbing over the phone from his seasonal home in one of the world’s most remote places, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. There he does rope access work in oil fields seven days a week, 12 to 16 hours a day, for 24 weeks a year, before taking the rest of the year off to climb with his wife."

Now Cody and his wife Melissa have started to work for Vertical-Life and they will be moving to Brixen in the autumn working with sales, development and content. Just recently, they introduced the first U.S. climbing gym to the VL app, Crux Climbing Center, in their current home town Austin.

 
 
Svag start på J-VM  Facebook
 

J-VM har startat med bouldering och resultatmässigt så har det varit en svag start. Coach Björn Alber är ändå tämligen positiv då avståndet mot det bästa ändå känns som har minskat.

Samuel Wingårdh #31 och Ymer Alber #41 av 70
Silvia Barrett #42 av 51
Olof Morsing #44 av och Markus Gillberg #51 av 78
Kompletta resultat

 
 
V6 Parody Rapping  Facebook
 

 
 
First 8A+ by Maria Davies Sandbu  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureMaria Davies Sandbu has after 15 8A'a done her first 8A+, Steinbukken in Dirdal. (c) Martin Mobråten

"Had probably 15 sessions over the last 3 years. I learned to stay patient and try hard no matter the conditions.. I had some epics with the conditions/weather on this one, probably half of the sessions were in the rain and Martin had to dry/prep the holds while I was climbing :) one session we even tied up a tarpaulin over the boulder to try and keep it dry... eventually all the work payed off though!"

 
 
Youth World's in Moscow has begun  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureThe Youth World Championship started today in Moscow with the Junior Bouldering Qualifications, updated results. In total, 699 youth athletes from 5 continents and 43 countries will participate. Full schedule 9th to 16th August.

"Every semi-final and final round in Moscow will be live streamed on the IFSC homepage, and follow scores from your phone by downloading the “YWCH 2018” results application. (c) Eddie Fowke

 
 
Ghisolfi agrees to 8a flash ethics  Facebook
 

Stefano Ghisolfi has published some interesting thoughts on his Insta which goes in hand with the 8a suggested ethics.

"About my recent post, I think if 2 routes share a part it is not possible to flash both. So, my second one it is not flash, but first go! But I think there should be some exceptions, like if the part in common is much easier that doesn't add any difficulty, maybe it is possible to consider both flash. The most important thing is to be very fair with yourself and the others and tell clearly everything you do."

 
 
9a by Ryan Sewell  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureRyan Sewell has done his second 9a, Moonshine in Wild Iris. Video of the ascent (c) Jacob Mutchler-Brown

"It took around 12 tries total. I first tried it during the summer of 2017 to see how it would feel but didn't return that season. This year I went out to The Wild Iris with the goal of doing Moonshine specifically. I put in a few goes to dial in the body positions, because with a route that's only 24 moves every move needed to be executed precisely. Over three weekends this summer I had six attempts falling on the crux move- a dynamic stab to a slot that's only good for two fingers (photo is of this move.)

In the end, the time I stuck the move I went to the top. The route definitely suits my style being that it's more bouldery and powerful. The pockets are actually much nicer that it might seem and the movement is excellent. BJ TIlden is the routes developer and first ascensionist and he did an amazing job with this route and so many others at The Wild Iris. We all have so much appreciation for everything he's done for the Wyoming climbing community."

 
 
The Recovery Drink 8c+++? by Daniel Jung  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDaniel Jung comes with the amazing news on Insta that he has done the first repeat of Nico Favresse’s The Recovery Drink in Jössingfjord in Norway from 2013. Nico did not suggest a grade of the 35 meter trad route but saying it was his hardest ever crack. In fact, 8c+ or harder have been mentioned by very experienced trad climbers having tried it.

Comparing it to 9a sport routes, this just might be as hard or even harder than some but it seems trad grades, currently going to 8c+, use another scale. One reason for this could be that in trad you are supposed to place all gear on lead meanwhile in sport climbing this ethics were left in the beginning of the sport era. It should be mentioned that Daniel, who has done La Rambla 9a+, did place on lead menwhile Nico left some gear in place on easier sextions saying a more pure ascent could be done. (c) Fred Moix

 
 
8B (A+) by Alizee Dufraisse  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAlizee Dufraisse has done The Arch 8B (A+) in Rocklands. In the 8a ranking game, the former successful competition climber who also have done La Reina Mora 9a (8c+), is #6.

"I start trying this project this year and it took me eight sessions, it was hard to manage with my brain because I was really close for a long time but the temperatures were hot!!! I'm really happy to have finally send it today!! Now I can try new boulders :)"

 
 
9a FA by Thibault Lair again  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureThibault Lair has done his third 9a FA in Bielsa, My little princess after 15 days of projecting.

"It has the same start as "Soul surfer". A first part that must make a big 8c. Then comes a bad rest before attacking the hard section and then there is 15 meters of climbing where you have to fight the resistance. For me, the second part is also worth 8c. Thanks to Daniel Fuertes for bolting it."

 
 
The Schengen Files from 2011 by Robinson  Facebook
 

 
 
IN OWN MATTER: Designers and Software Engineers wanted  Facebook
 

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Schenk and his crew in Céüse up to 9a  Facebook
 

 
 
8B flash and an 8C by Daniel Woods  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDaniel Woods reports on Insta that he has flashed Eskimo Brothers 8B in Topside and done the first repeat of Paul Robinson's recent The Pirate's Code 8C in Three Corners. "Sent on my 3rd night session. It bakes in the sun all day, so night sessions are the way to go.(c) Chikara Ishizuka

Daniel has been one of the very best climbers in the world during the last 15 years having done 20+ routes 9a to 9b, 20+ boulders 8C and 8C+, flashed 8B+ and won a Boulder WC in 2010.

How was the 8B beta flash story?
Haha that one was a bit better. I got the flu a couple nights before and was up all night vomiting. After a rest day I knew I had to get out of bed and get the blood flowing to feel better. After an intense uphill hike, I got to some easier problems and felt ultra weak on them. I wanted to try something harder so checked out Paul's (Robinsons) crimp line, Eskimo brothers. The condis were perfect and the line straight forward, so I decided to try and flash it and then it just happened

How much beta did you get?
Actually no beta. Was probably more onsight, but since you can grab every hold from the ground it takes away that true onsight feel. To be honest its hard to truly onsight lower boulders due to that. Was pretty stoked. I'm not the best first try climber haha, so when I get that experience it feels good.

Do you not forget your big flash of Nicole's Entlige? (A confirmed 8C that now is 8B+.)
Haha, ya that was another lucky moment.

 
 
8B (A+) by Jule Wurm  (23) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJule Wurm, world champion in 2014 who retired from the scene in 2015 after having won the European Championship, has done Fragile Steps 8B (A+) in Rocklands.

How is your life and climbing nowadays?
Life is good! It’s great to be in Rocklands! I spent a year in the US last year for my studies and did neuroscience research for my MD thesis. Did lots of climbing while being in Boston, broke my ankle in spring climbing outdoors and then broke my arm in a gym there in the beginning of October.

How did you train to speed up the recovery?
For my arm I had surgery right after the accident and they put two metal implants to fix the fractures. Recovery went slower then I had wished, but I tried to listen to my body and did whatever felt okay. I returned to Germany earlier this year to finish med school and did lots of training to get in shape for Rocklands.

Lots of fingerboarding, board sessions on a 45 degree wall and TRX training. There still are some hand positions that don’t feel comfortable for my arm, but all in all I’m very happy with where I am climbing wise!

What kind of job are you looking for and how will you combine this with hard core climbing?
I'm not really sure yet what I wanna do later. I either wanna do research again or work as a doctor, or maybe some kind of public health related job not really sure yet. And of course I hope to always find enough time for climbing no matter what job I will do.

 
 
 
Bombero de la Roca 7a+ in Sant Llorenç del Munt  Facebook
 

 
 
9a+ and 9a FAs by Adam Ondra  (1) Facebook
 

Adam Ondra reports on Instagram that he has done two impressive FAs in Camaiore; La Terza Eta 9a which he did in four tries and Naturalmente 9a+.

"One of the best routes I can imagine. Slightly overhanging wall, tiny crimps, undercuts, shitty feet, resistant, bullet-proof rock. Tried for two days three weeks ago, now it went down after checking the moves. Rather high-end 9a+ I would say."

The level is going up in 2017 and Ondra is leading the pack. During four days, the 23 year old has done two 9b's, two 9a+' and two 9a's. It will be interesting to follow the progression during 2017.

 
 
Pau Contreras en Wonder boy (8b) FA, Sant Llorenç del Munt  Facebook
 

 
 
Rescat Emocional (7b+), Sant Llorenç del Munt  Facebook
 

 
 
8c+ trad by Ethan Pringle  (10) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureEthan Pringle reports on Facebook that he has done the FA of Black Beards Tears 8c+ at the Promontory protecting the 40 meters by 15 cams and one stopper. For the history books, this is the second 8c+ trad ascent - first was Beth Rodden's Meltown.

- This is definitely one of, if not the coolest and most unique FAs I've ever done in my life! I'd fantasized about how this fabled crack climb might look and feel for weeks before I saw it at the start of the month. When I first laid eyes on it, my jaw hit the floor.

On September 2nd I rapped in and installed an anchor right below the very top of the wall. I knew as soon as I saw the line up close that it was going to have some bad ass climbing on it and it did not disappoint. After 10 days of the usual kind of hard work and of course a fair amount of blood, sweat, a few tears right there at the end, I nabbed the red point.

 
 
Hungry Monkeys in Railay  Facebook
 


Hungry Monkeys from Ironmanfilms on Vimeo.

 
 
Tredje 8a av Olof Morsing (14)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureOlof Morsing, som togs ut till J-landslaget efter att ha kommit #19 på Europacupen i Imst, har gjort sin tredje 8a, Musen i Vikskile och dagen innan gjordes Trettio-åriga kriget 7c+. Tidigare i år så har 14-åringen onsightat sju 7c. Bilden är från Träleberget 2015 av Olof Hedberg.

 
 
Domen Skofic from Slovenia wins in Chamonix  (6) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDomen Skofic won in great style in Chamonix continuing his nice progress trend. As a junior, he was the best in the world and in the last three World Cups the 22-year-old has been improving every year being 9 - 5 - 4. Domen is also the #2 in the 8a ranking game after Adam Ondra. (c) Eddie Fowke

1. Domen Skofic SLO 51
2. Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 48+
3. Jakob Schubert 48
4. Gauthier Supper FRA 48
5. Roman Desgranges FRA 47
Complete results

 
 
8b av Hannes Puman på Örnberget  Facebook
 

Hannes Puman har gjort Breaking the lwa 8b på Örnberget. "I spöregn och åska. Spännande. Använde inte enfingerspocketen."

För två år sedan blev Hannes juniorvärldsmästare och förra året junioreuropmästare. Första tävlingen på Världscupen i år är Briancon 23-24 juli.

 
 
Mer renoveringsbultning i Stockholm  Facebook
 

Stockholms Klätterförbund rapporterar att man har bultat om och lagt till bultar samt rensat Anneberg som är en av de mest tillgängliga klipporna i Stockholm. Trenden med att lägga till bultar på lätta old-school leder för att göra de mindre farliga fortsätter i hela Sverige.

Säkerhetskommitten har vidare fått i uppdrag att skriva om den nationella bultpolicyn baserat på en motion till förbundsmötet.

 
 
Två 8c i Flatanger och Två 8A (+) i Västervik av Hannes  Facebook
 

Hannes Puman, som precis har tagit körkort, tog först bilen till Västervik och satte två 8A (+), So I Fly och Animal Act. Sen bar det iväg till Flatanger där två 8c gjordes, Muy Verdes och The Valkyrie.

Nästa resa sker med flyg till Warsawa för att tävla på Europacupen i Bouldering till helgen. Man kan tycka att köra 30 meters takturer inte är bästa förberedelserna för en bouldertävling men Lead är fokuset för J-Världsmästaren även i år.

 
 
9a+ FA in Flatanger and two 8b+ (c) onsights  (8) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAdam Ondra is back in Flatanger where he has made yet another great FA, 120 degrees 9a+. "Absolutely crazy inverted roof boulderproblem after having done the first part of Elden Inuti."

In fact, Flatanger is the crag in the world with most hard routes and Adam has been one of the pioneers having put up six routes in between 9a+ and 9b+. During the last week, Adam has also onsighted two 8b+' and one 8a+ and that is measured by his personal grades. (c) Erik Massih - It never gets darker than this during the summer nights in Flatanger.

 
 
8b onsight av Erik Grandelius i Norge  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureErik Grandelius har onsightat Slettakraft extension 8b i Slettafossen vilket är en, "Link-up of 7c into 8a+." Sista månaden har han även onsightat ytterligare tre 8a i Norge. (c) Paula Voldner

- Var i romsdalen för att göra lätta fjällturer men han få in lite sport på vilodagarna :) Vi klättrade bland annat Romsdalshorn 5+, (c) Paula Voldner, och Mongjura 25 replängder 6+. Nu är jag i Flatanger med ambition att göra Brunnhilde 8c.

 
 
Fem 7c onsight av Olof Morsing (14)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureOlof Morsing är nu uppe i fem 7c onsight på Kalymnos inklusive den ansett hårda Aegialis. Förra året så var perset fem 7a+ och en 7b+ onsight så utveck- lingen går mycket snabbt 14- åringen.

 
 
8b+ av Kristoffer Lindbäck i Niemisel  (3) Facebook
 

Kristoffer Lindbäck har gjort sin första 8b+, När Lammen Tystnar i Niemisel. Tidigare i vintras kom han #4 på SM i Lead och det var hans första leadtävling. Supertalangen som numera tränas av förbundskaptenen har bara klättrat i fem år då han slutade fotbollsgymnasiet.

 
 
Två 7c onsight av Olof Morsing (14)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureOlof Morsing, som precis har tagits ut till J-landslaget efter att ha kommit #18 i Europacupen i Imst, har onsightat Hogo Fogo och Neolitic Line på Kalymnos. Sammanlagt har 14-åringen onsightat fyra 7c i vår så vi pratar ny svensk talang med grym utvecklingskurva.

 
 
Ungdomsläger i Lysekil nästa helg  Facebook
 

Lysekils KK bjuder in till Ungdomsläger nästa helg med start på lördag kl 10.00 vid Trellebystrands Camping. Man vänder sig till 9 till 13 åringar som klättrar dock krävs ingen utomhuserfarenhet. Kostnaden är 0 kr men man måste vara medlem i Lysekils KK som kostar 130 kr. Ledarna är bland annat två erfarna 16-åriga tjejer.

 
 
Close to 6 000 crags in the database  Facebook
 

In total, there are close to 4 million ascents in the 8a database and there is a Tick List available for almost 6 000 crags. You can add more crags to the database in a link at the top where you add routes and boulders.

The crag with most ascents is Fontainebleau with 104 000, followed by Kalymnos with 98 000.

 
 
Jon Cardwell has done Biographie 9a+: Interview!  (4) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJon Cardwell, who did his first 9a in 2008, has done his long-term project, Biographie 9a+ in Céüse. It was bolted in 1989 by Jean-Christophe Lafaille and Chris Sharma made the FA in 2001. Biographie has seen 13 ascents to date, which makes it the most repeated 9a+ in the world. (c) Carlo Traversi

Check out Jon's comments for his nicest journey that took ten years and included 75 tries.

- Climbing means so many different things to me. It's an outlet for self expression, a vehicle to travel the worth with and experience incredible places. It's also a wise teacher that holds you accountable for every action from your footprint at fragile crags to your preparation for meaningful climbs. More than anything, it's just fun!"

 
 
Mycket lyckat J-SM på Klätterdomen  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDet rapporteras om ett mycket välorganiserat och uppskattat J-SM på perfekt utslagsgivande leder i både kval och final, arrangerat av Kvibergs KK, Kolla videos. Barnen som topprepstävlade och fick prova olika grenar inom klättersporten njöt i fulla muggar.

97: Fredrik Serlachius
99: Nea Herforth & Ymer Alber, se bild
01: Olof Morsing & Ella Kallas
03: Sofie Asterling & Dennis Yakubenko
05: Linda Asterling & Simon Borgh

Kvibergs KK tog tre guld och bland pojkar 01 var fyra av de fem bästa från arrangörsklubben. I de två yngsta tjejklasserna var de fyra bästa från hemmaklubben. Det enda tråkiga på J-SM var det låga deltagarantalet och var sammanlagt bara två i de äldsta klasserna. Vidare sammanlagt bara sju i de tre äldsta tjejklasserna. Största klasserna var i barnklasserna med deltagare från fem år.

 
 
Megos lovordar Västervik igen  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAlex Megos som numera delvis är bosatt i Stockholm har återigen besökt Västervik som han lovordar på Facebook.

"Back again in ‪#‎västervik‬ after the first trip 3 weeks ago. This place keeps surprising me! Went to a @nk_ceria problem called "Primitiv" 8A+ and probably got the first repeat(?!) as well as a flash of "Pro2" 8A and Golden Path Low" 8A/+ and a send of "Animal Act" 8A+."

Med tanke på att flera ledande bouldrare har ifrågasatt dagens grader i Västervik kan man notera att Megos under sina två resor till Västervik har bekräftat alla grader.

 
 
8C after driving 7 000 km by Tamás Zupán  (17) Facebook
 

Tamás Zupán has set a new record of dedication by doing his second 8C, Zunami in Saalachtal, driving 7 000 kilometers to reach his goal.

- I was there with my friend in the middle of March and I climbed some boulders in the lower sector and I tried Gizmo 8B, which is a variant of Zunami. I live 600 km far from Saalachtal and I could travel there only on Wednesdays because of my work. I woke up at 4:30 a.m., started my journey from home at 5 a.m. and I came in Saalachtal at 11 a.m. I climbed until 2 p.m. and I arrived at 8 p.m. I climbed ’Gizmo’ on the second trip and finally I could manage ’Zunami’ on my 6th trip.

The first move is incredible complex because in the same time you should move separately your all limbs when make the crossing movement, after it is really crimpy, overhanging and that’s why I really liked it.

 
 
Fucking far from OK 8a+ av Max Boholm  (2) Facebook
 

Max Boholm, gammal juniorlandslagsman, kan sägas vara något av en late bloomer och verkar 20 år senare som 34-åring vara i sitt livs form. Idag gjordes Fucking far from OK, 8a+ i Vikskile. Hemligheten var uppvärmning på greppbräda i 20 minuter vid halv nio på morgonen. En annan förklaring till sista halvårets peak kan vara salvan han sätter på fingertopparna - Antihydral.

Väl uppe i Vikskile så klättrades en 10 meter 6b, lammet och därefter sändes leden som Yuji Hirayama satte upp i mitten på 90-talet. Därefter testade Max Hingsten 8a+ och den bör gå snabbt.

 
 
Årets äventyrare intervjuad  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureFreedom travel har intervjuat Said Belhaj i samband till att han blev utsedd till årets klättrare. Bild Terje Aamodt.

- Jag är född -81 i Mölndal utanför Göteborg. Min far är från Marocko och min mor från Finland och jag talar 6 språk flytande. Jag har klättrat i 25 år, varav 15 professionellt. Jag har också spelat musik i hela mitt liv, numer med fokus på musik från Nord- och Västafrika, och spelar med olika musiker och artister runt hela världen. Dessutom är jag fotograf.

Jag började klättra i berg i början av 90-talet för att jag älskade klättring. Jag visste inte vad bergsklättring var, kände inga klättrare, det fanns knappt någon info på den tiden osv men en näst intill besatt passion har lett mig till var jag är idag.

 
 
7C av Anja Hodann (38)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAnja Hodann har gjort Tjing Tjong 7C i Orminge. Tidigare har hon gjort tre 8A och den sista 2012. 2006 var Anja #8 på Världscupen efter att en gång stått på prispallen. Sammanlagt gör detta Anja till den mest framgångsrika svenska bouldrare. Här tävlar hon på Ninja Warriors.

 
 
En av de bästa boulderdagarna någonsin för Megos i Västervik  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge Picture"What a day!!! ‪#‎västervikclimbing‬ at it's finest! Got the classics-tour with @slacker12 and managed to flash "Dillerium" 8A and "David and Goliath" 8A+ and got the first repeat of "Mechanical Bull" 8B. As well on the tick lost today were "Go all day sit" 8A, "D+P Combo" 8B, "Namaste" 8A+, "By the Book" 8A+ and "Celtic Warrior" 8A. So I had one of my best bouldering days ever!!! Psyched for more tomorrow!" (c) Daniela Ebler

 
 
8a+ av Johan Luhr (54)  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJohan Luhr satte upp Stairway to Heaven på Örnberget 1996 vilket då som 8a+ var en av de svåraste lederna i Sverige. Igår gjorde han den igen som 54-åring. Målet med säsongen är att göra minst en 8b+.

"Känns mer som 8b när steget på läppen försvunnit ! 2 snäpp svårare än I´ll be back."

 
 
Megos lovordar Västervik  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge Picture"BLOWN AWAY from Swedish bouldering! Went to #västervik today and got shown around by the guidebook authors @slacker12 and Jim Wasmuth. Climbed the classics "The Hourglass" 8B and "The Office" 8A this afternoon. Picture is from the combination "Night Shift" 8A+. Can't wait to go out again tomorrow!!!" (c) Daniela Ebler

 
 
8b igen av Stefan Wulf (45)  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureStefan Wulf är på en tre veckors trip till Siurana som har startat bra med en 8b, Tres Tristes Triceps.

- Planen var att testa en 8c. Men det blev istället en led som jag spanat in på en tidigare resa. Ca 40m lång med ett för min del extremt hårt bouldercrux i mitten. Trodde den skulle gå ner fortare men fick kämpa 4 dagar för att ta mig förbi sista cruxflyttet. Nu bara några dagar kvar på resan med att beta av några st fina 8a'n

 
 
7C av Daniela Ebler  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureDaniela Ebler berättar om sin första 7C på Instagram,

"Sunes Sommar Assis, 7c.
Checked this problem out about 2-3 years ago, came back yesterday and wanted to give the stand start a go. Did it first try, so decided to try the sit start. And what do you know, that also worked on the first go! My first 7c!

 
 
8b onsight by Laura Rogora (14) and one more today  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureLaura Rogora, who just did her first 9a, has onsighted Batuka 8b in Margalef and she put up all the draws by herself. Batuka has been recorded 57 times in the data base, all with 8b and only two guys have onsighted it before.

- The route is divided in two sections with a very good rest in the middle. The first four bolt are hard and I thought to fall every move. The second part is easier but there is another hard move. Today was the first day of the trip. In this week I would like to visit new crags: Santa Linya, Rodellar...

Today the 14-year-old onsighted Codigo Norte, an 8b in Santa Linya. "I'm staying here just for one week so I think I will climb only onsight."

 
 
Bouldervärldscupen startar utan svenskar  (2) Facebook
 

Boulderväldscupen startar till helgen i Schweiz och på anmälningslistan finns det 142 deltagare från 30 länder men inga svenskar. Förbundskaptenen Reino Horak förklarar att visst intresse finns men det är svårt för de aktiva då det inte finns några nationella svenska tävlingar att träna på.

Om två veckor avgörs NM i Bouldering i Danmark, dit ett dussintal svenskar inkl juniorer har anmält intresse. Förhoppningsvis får vi svenska framgångar och några som blir peppade på att tävla internationellt. Annars är dock planen att ett par juniorer ska pröva lyckan på en Bouldervärldscup i sommar säger Horak.

 
 
8a av Olof Morsing och Marcus Gillberg  (1) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureOlof Morsing har varit på Kvibergs KK årliga vårresa till Margalef och passade på att göra sina första två 8a; Dr Feelgood and Transilvania. Vidare sattes de två första 7c onsighten så den hårda vinterträningen har burit frukt. Första tävlingen går på lördag i Eskilstuna och sen i maj så blir det först J-SM och sedan Europacupen i Imst. På bilden även Marcus Gillberg som även han fick ihop en 8a och både tillhör J-landslagets träningsgrupp. Olof komenterar.

- Transilvania jobbade vi på en eftermiddag sen sände jag och Marcus den på morgonen dagen efter. Dr Feelgood hängde jag igenom två gånger sen klättrade jag den. Leden passade nog mig väldigt bra. Målet I år är främst att det ska gå bra i Europa cupen, men det skall nog hinnas klättras ute en del i sommar också.

 
 
Anak Verhoeven (19) makes the FA of Ma belle ma muse 9a  (1) Facebook
 

Anak Verhoeven, who was #4 in the Lead World Cup last year, has done her second 9a, the FA of Me belle ma muse in Romeyer.



Just later, it was repeated by Jean-Elie Crestin-Billet and here is his video. Jean-Elie actually called it an 8c+/9a.

 
 
Kajsa Rosén (18) - A new star in the making  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureKajsa Rosén, who did her first 8c and flashed an 8b+ last week, has done Mind Control 8c (+) and onsighted T-1 Full Equipe in Oliana. There is only a handful of female who have onsighted at this level before. "What to do next? Still suprising myself here in Oliana."

Last year, the 18-year-old was #9 and #10 in the last two Lead World Cups she did.

Loic Timmermans, who is still ahead of Kajsa with one 9a, reachead out to 8a with a nice reflection.

"Kasja is crushing all the routes she's trying like nothing. I was even more impressed when she told me she did Mind control without getting pumped. I think she has a good attitude to. Not taking things too seriously, just climbing and see what happens.

 
 
Two 8c (+) OS and a 9a+/b by Adam Ondra  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAdam Ondra has had a great weekend. First he did the FA of Vicious Circle 9a+/b in Osp/Misja Pec, which he bolted last year. (c) Luka Fonda

"Left start into Sanski par. Bouldery and short 8c+ into the most of the Sanski par 9a (without first six moves). I would say two 8c+'s with a bad rest in between. Super powerful and resistant climbing.

The next stop was Medveja, a new secret zone in Croatia. It was one of the best days of climbing ever as I onsighted two 8c's ('The Core' is considered 8c+ by those few, who repeated the route) and the first ascent of 'More', 9a. World record maybe? Haha.

Most of the routes are slightly overhanging, crimpy on super solid rock with a minimum of Sika and in general fitting my style pretty well.

The last day I tried a project in Pandora, a different zone in Istria, which is definitely pretty hard in the region of 9b or more. Something like 20m of bouldering in the roof. Definitely a lot of rock around there worth returning for."

 
 
8B (+) flash by James Webb again  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureJames Webb has traveled to Finland to take part in Sisu Masters with an amazing line up including Daniel Woods and Dave Graham but also to try Nalle Hukkataival's Boulders. First they had to crush some ice on the top of the Globalist in Sipoo and then James just flashed it and gave it a personal grade of 8B. The best flash boulderer in the world has now flashed 13 8B Boulders, four out of which were originally graded 8B+. (c) Nico Backström

"Absolutely incredible boulder from Nalle that I've wanted to climb on for so long. Perfect rock, amazing movement. One of the best!"

Next up could be Hukkataival's famous Sisu or Lappnor Project that the Fin has been trying for six respectively four years speculating that it could become the next level.

 
 
8b+ flash and a 8c by Kajsa Rosén (18)  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureSimon Carter, a professional climbing photographer for 25 years, reports on Facebook:

"I've seen a lot of really impressive climbing over all the time I've spent at Oliana over the years... and add to that today's jaw-dropping sends by 18 year-old Swedish climber Kajsa Rosen. First up she hiked Fisheye (8c) first shot (after only working it twice yesterday), for her first of the grade, and THEN casually flashed Los Humildes pa Casa (8b+) soon after (pictured). Kajsa Rosen; a name to watch out for for sure!"

Simon is spot-on as the young Swede has had an extreme development over the last few years. In the past year, she was #9 and #10 in the last two Lead World Cups she did.

So how much beta did you get and do you still plan to get yourself a station wagon and hit the road?
I saw a french guy climbing it and he told me about a knee bar. I heard some screaming from below but it was very windy. My plan is to do some comps and some rock climbing and have fun. I graduate this year so hopefully I will have some more time for climbing.

 
 
Erik Grandelius gör 12 boulders 8A och hårdare  Facebook
 

Erik Grandelius har varit på roadtrip i en månad med Benjamin "Tumle" Linne Ryn och gjort 12 boulders 8A och hårdare inklusive Amber i Brione som han gav en personlig grad på 8A+. Dessutom flashade han Kirk Windstein i Cresciano som han graderade till 8A.

"Det flesta problemen gick ner rätt snabbt. Jag har inte kunnat bouldra ordentligt senaste två åren pga en fingerskada, men nu är det bra. Vi hade även ca 1 meter snö när vi kom till Brione, så vi klättrade på det som var torrt. Det var även kul att göra c'etait demain i fontan, världens första 8A, video.

Alltid kul att klättra med Tumle, vi är på samma nivå men har olika styrkor och svagheter. Tumle flashade Cellar Door 8A.

 
 
8C by Ashima Shiraishi (14)  (21) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureReel Rock Film Tour comes with the amazing news that Ashima Shiraishi has made the first repeat of Dai Koyamada's spectacular Horizon 8C, in Hiei, Japan. The 14-year-old worked on the 30 move long roof problem in December and now she has done it on her third day, which means she is the first female and the youngest climber ever to have reached 8C. Here you can find Dai's comment on his FA including a picture where you see that it is almost a horizontal roof.

- "No doubt the Super Project was the hardest problem I’'ve ever done and that probably means it’s a V16 (8C+). However, I’'m not quite sure because I don’t have enough references to compare with. I would be able to fully understand what V15 (8C) is like exactly if I did more than fifty or so of them, but my accomplishments don’t even come close to that."

Based on Ashima's Route and Boulder ticklist, she has been the world's best female rock climber since she was 12 years old. Among the male, she is currently in the Top-20 including also having done two 9a's last autumn. How many 14-year-old girls are able to compete with the best male in any sport? (c) Brett Lowell

 
 
Janvid och Duncan vinner 100 %  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge Picture100 % på Klätterverket samlade 50 deltagare och här är prispallen. På bilden Björn Alber.

1. Vincent Janvid - Freja Duncan
2. Per Holm - Eugenia Bolander
3. Viktor Elofsson - Linda Hammarström
Kompletta resultat

 
 
8C by Ryuichi Murai incl amazing 240 spin  (3) Facebook
 

Ryuichi Murai , who two weeks ago did two 8B+, has done Dai Koyamada's Babel 8C in Shiobara. "This problem links Catharsis(8B+) to Hydra(8B) via Uma(8B+). About 30 moves that include various moves made me enjoy myself."

Totally amazing! Watch that mind-boggling sequence where the 167 cm tall spins 240 degrees with his foot. How is it even possible to find such solution :)

 
 
8a (7c+) onsight av Axel Hultqvist  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureAxel Hultqvist är på klättersemester på Sardinen och har onsightat Wonderland i Isili som han ger en personlig 7c+ grad. (c) Johan Ragnarsson

"Isili var ett riktigt grymt ställe, bra klättring och bra mat men inte mycket mer. Fick tre klätterdagar där och nu har vi kommit till Cala gonone. Isili är ett resmål jag definitivt kommer komma tillbaka till överhängande klättring på bra grepp, lite inomhuskänsla. Krävs att man har kört några laps på kedväggarna innan man åker hit.

Onsightpresset gick bra men blev sjukt pumpad, sista presset för dagen. Hade åkt av en 7c+ onsight på förmiddagen på grund av lite fuktigt grepp från regnet under natten och sedan hade jag kört lite andra leder innan vi gick tillbaka och jag fick slita mig upp för leden.

 
 
Stella och Axel vinner #2 GBG Bouldercup  Facebook
 

Stella Plantin och Axel Hulqvist vann den andra deltävlingen i Göteborgs Bouldercup som avgjordes i lördags på Klätterlabbet. Magnus Högström onsightade även han alla problem med blev placerad två pga sämre kvalresultat. Sista deltävlingen på Klätterdomen går den 18 mars och sedan gör de 8 bästa i varje klass gör upp i finalen på Klätterfabriken den 8 april. Kompletta resultat

 
 
Laura Rogora (14) does her first 9a  (3) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureLaura Rogora has become the first Italian female to do a 9a by Grandi Gesti in Sperlonga, which is a 20 meter long roof link up. Last year the 14-year-old won both Lead and Boulder Italian Championships and to make the story even more amazing, she mainly just trains in a Bouldering gym. She is #1 in the 8a ranking game. (c) Stefano Michelin/UP-Climbing

- It took me about 15-20 tries in one month and half. I went to Sperlonga seven times. I didn't do a specific training for this route because my purpose is training for competition. Now I need going to train hard for competition especially for the world youth championship in China in November. Surely I will continue to climb on the rock. I planned a trip to Spain in April I think I will climb on sight.

 
 
Träning, Tävling och Sabbatsår för Hannes  Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureHannes Puman (18), Sveriges bäste manlige tävlingsklättrare de sista åren, kommenterar sin sista 8A+, Optimal på Graveyard-blocken alldeles utanför Eskilstuna.

Berätta lite om din nya 8A+ FA. Får du ens köra så hårt enligt Nickis träningsprogram och hur lång tid tog det och vad är det för område?

- Jag kör grundträning, men i den så är det mycket styrka så det känns ganska bra att bouldra. Jag var där 3 gånger och körde men första gången så borstade jag typ bara. Det tar ungefär 10 min att åka från stan och det finns relativt många block där, annars brukar det bara vara några enstaka block här och där runt Eskilstuna.

Vad har du för planer 2016?
Tar studenten i år så första halvåret blir det hård träning och tävling...sen hoppas jag främst på att bara resa runt och klättra i ett år :)

 
 
Mowgli repeats his 8B+ (C) twice after just a short warm up  (6) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureCharles Albert, who did the FA of the L'Alchimiste left exit last week, considered to be harder than the 8C right exit, did it today twice. (c) Neil Hart did get it on video both times.

"He is so strong he made it look like a 6A. I picked him up at one o'clock and we did a very quick 7B that took two tries and we drove to the L'alchimiste. He just pulled on and fell three times on the crux then sent it, then climbed it again so we could get another angle.

It is easier for him bare foot because he can hook his toes into the side pulls better. Definitely a new level!"

 
 
Women are catching up in the Santa Linya caves  (4) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureSome ten years ago, several men - notably Dani Andrada, Patxi Usobiaga and Chris Sharma - broke through to the next grading level establishing several 9a's and 9a+'s in Santa Linya. As of 2016, however, it seems that progress has become stagnant with Chris Sharma's two 9b FAs representing the highest attainable level.

Women, in the mean time, have caught up, in 2010 Angela Eiter did the first female 8c in Santa Linya. Quickly thereafter other women have followed suit with ten other females having completed climbs ranging from 8c to 9a(+) over the last two years. Complete stats. In this great picture captured by Luka Fonda, Janja Garnbret (16) flashes La Fabelita 8c.

If the trend continues, it is only a matter of time before women are on par with men in Santa Linya. While impossible to know for certain, one of the reasons behind such phenomenal progress for women may lie in the nature of the climbing in the cave where technical skill and endurance are of vital importance. That, and the fact that these ten women - and the many who will follow - are testaments of climbing strength and power.

 
 
Charles Albert interview  (2) Facebook
 

Click to Enlarge PictureFanatic Climbing has made an interview with Charles Albert, who did an 8C yesterday, giving it a personal grade of 8B+. The interesting fact is that the 18-year-old seldom trains indoor and the only training he does beside Bouldering is stretching. (c) Neil Hart

"Yesterday I was climbing alone without pads and luckily I met Kevin Thibaut and Mounir (strong but low profile Font locals) who were trying it. I joined them and I managed to send it on my first real session trying the left version. Regarding the grade, I would say for me it’s not harder than “Gecko assis”, the 8B+ I did barefoot last year… I also tried the sit start of “Alchimiste” which adds an easy but beautiful move but doesn’t change the difficulty. I have not done the sit-start version but will come back and try sending the whole thing because it makes the line even more beautiful !"

 
 
"A 14-year-old girl redefines rock climbing"  (6) Facebook
 

BBC has made an interview with Ashima Shiraishi, where, among other things, she says her goal is to break records held by her male counterparts. The 14-year-old claims to be the only female to have done a 9a+ (Direct open your mind R1 in Santa Linya) and the youngest person to have reached that grade.

It should be noticed that the route was originally a 9a until some holds broke and it was speculated that it might be a 9a+. Later Edu Marin repeated it saying it is still a 9a. The first woman to claim having done a 9a+ route was Josune Bereziartu (route: Bimbaluna), which has been subject of being downgraded.

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