It’s been a busy few weeks in Hueco Tanks where an international crew of boulderers have assembled to take advantage of all that Hueco has to offer.
The Netherland’s Jorg Verhoeven and Austria’s Katha Saurwein have been travelling throughout the States for the last several months excelling at seemingly every style of climbing. They spent some time in Kentucky where Verhoeven climbed routes as hard as 5.14d, they both climbed a slew of highballs in Bishop and in Hueco the story has been much the same. Verhoeven has ticked off several testpieces including Esperanza (V14), Slashface (V13), Alma Blanca (V13), Nagual (V13) and the rarely climbed The Land Before Time (V13)[1. The cool pocketed roof first done by Dave Graham and Chris Sharma in Dosage IV]. Saurwein has been on a tear as well, climbing three V11’s in a single day with repeats of Mo Mojo, Sunshine and Le Chinkel. She’s since added a one day ascent of Rumble In The Jungle (V11 or 12) as well according to updates on Martin Keller’s blog.
American expat Alex Puccio wrapped up a very successful visit to Hueco by flashing Crimping Christ On The Cross (V10) and repeating Mo Mojo (V11), Chablanke (V11) and Barefoot On Sacred Ground (V11). Looking at her 8a scorecard we can see that she did 9 double digit boulders during her stay in Hueco. The UK’s Shauna Coxsey also made the trip to Hueco with Puccio and had a great deal of success herself completing eight double digit problems including the classic V10 Full Service.
Representing Team America in Hueco are the likes of Alex Johnson and Dave Graham. Johnson notched a repeat of Barefoot on Sacred Ground (V11) according to her 8a scorecard while Graham has been cleaning up a few of the existing lines he hadn’t done previously and also establishing a few new lines including a pair of potential V13’s.
Dave Graham on his new V13 Bastard in a Basket on East Mountain
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