A who’s who of Boulder’s climbing elite gathered under Boulder Canyon’s Cob Rock today to have a go at Daniel Woods’ The Game, a previously unrepeated proposed V16. After the dust settled it was Carlo Traversi who came out with the problem’s 2nd ascent.
Despite not feeling strong of late, Traversi indicated in a recent blog update that he was close to doing the line so today’s success is perhaps less of a surprise. Here’s what he had to say about the ascent on his 8a scorecard:
2nd Ascent. 5 days. First of all, the utmost respect goes to Daniel for establishing this line. In terms of strength and ability, he is by far the visionary leader of our generation. Not to mention, he’s also one of the nicest and most respectful people you’ll ever meet. As for the grade of this one, I honestly don’t know. 8C seems appropriate only because I haven’t climbed any others. It’s a hard boulder, that’s fun to climb on, and seems to fit my style very well. Let’s just leave it at that…
As you can see, with regard to the all important topic of the grade, Traversi, who had previously done 4 V14s and commented that he didn’t feel he was a V15 climber after his repeat of Jade last year, suggested that V15 might be a more appropriate grade for The Game. He keeps things in perspective on his blog:
The important thing is that we have both given our honest opinions based on our prior experiences and that’s all that should be expected. Have fun and go rock climbing!
As Jamie Emerson said in his update on the send, “Ah well, I guess The Game is not over…”
Below is some footage of Traversi’s send. See how many V14 climbers you can spot in the crowd!