- According to La Sportiva’s Facebook page Paige Claassen did the FFA of God’s Own Stone (5.14a) at the Red River Gorge.
- According to his 8a scorecoard Lucas Ménégatti repeated Dave Graham’s The Island in Fontainebleau, France. Originally graded V15 by Graham, Ménégatti and a few other recent repeaters like Michele Caminati are suggesting a grade of V14 for the problem.
- A bit old but still worth mentioning was the Czech Republic’s Radovan Souèek doing the 3rd ascent of From Dirt Grows The Flowers, a Dave Graham V15 in Chironico, Switzerland. The problem apparently saw a 4th ascent by Brit Micky Page in recent days as well.
- Also in Chironico, Adam Ondra stopped through and nabbed the 3rd ascent of Big Paw, yet another Dave Graham V15 which saw its second ascent only a few weeks ago.
- And in other Switzerland news, Paul Robinson sent the iconic Fred Nicole boulder Dreamtime (V14) on Thanksgiving day.
- Via the Bishop Bouldering blog comes news that Brian Hedrick repeated The Mandala Sit Start at the Buttermilks in Bishop, CA using a different sequence which has become increasingly popular these days and perhaps drops the grade down to “only” V13. Here’s a video of Hedrick’s ascent as well as a video of Paul Robinson doing the same problem with a more direct finish which should give you an idea of the different sequence used for the bottom:
- According to this post on DPM, Chris Redmond has added a potential V12 to the rocks along the coast of Florida of all places.
- Petzl’s Roctrip to Mexico ended a few weeks ago and the trip culminated with Steve McClure doing the FA of Cruz Diablo (5.14c) and Michael Fuselier and Gerome Pouvreau both sending the “ultimate route” project Las Chicas Superpoderosas (5.14c). Here’s a brief video of a few Petzl athletes trying the latter route:
- Alex Puccio and Nalle Hukkataival won the IMS Boulder Festival comp back at the beginning of November. Here’s a bit of video from the event:
- A very sad story out of Red Rocks over the Thanksgiving holiday
- Kabul, Afghanistan gets its first climbing wall
- The Devetashka Cave in Bulgaria looks too good to be real
- Watch some guy named Chris Sharma watch soccer, climb rocks and speak in a foreign language.
- Dean Potter and Sean Leary established a new speed record on The Nose of El Capitan earlier this month, but a subsequent attempt to improve on their time was thwarted by wetness near the top of the wall. Check out this article in the San Francisco Chronicle for a nice write-up on their record-breaking first push.
- Beth Rodden continues her recovery from shoulder surgery and shares a valuable lesson she learned about the importance of wearing a helmet.
- The photos in Simon Carter’s latest dispatch from the Red River Gorge make me want to drop what I’m doing, get in the car, and head to the Red.
- The final leg of the 2010 Triple Crown Bouldering series is this weekend at The Stone Fort outside Soddy Daisy, TN. To help get you ready here is the final installment of this year’s “Beta” series from Andrew Kornylak:
Update: Paul Robinson has also repeated Big Paw suggesting a grade of V14