News & Notes – 7/16/2007

  • 16 year old Erik Lopez recently climbed two .14d’s in one day at Rodellar, Spain. He climbed Ali-Hulk and made the second ascent of Dave Graham’s Los Borrachos del Mascun. Not a bad day
  • Ethan Pringle is out in Ceuse with Dave Graham and Chris Sharma, and he just repeated DG’s Bah Bah Black Sheep (.14b/c).
  • I believe the search for Michael Reardon has been called off. Really a sad sad story, especially for his wife and daughter. If you want to learn more about him, he has a very nice website that is worth checking out.
  • Yesterday Daniel Woods made the 2nd ascent of Matt Birch’s Somewhere in Time (V13) at the Tramway area in Socal. He also did Black Mamba (V13) there earlier last week.
  • Sonnie Trotter has been developing an area in Canada called Planet X that he describes as “reminiscent of an untouched Rifle, only without the proximity to a town like boulder and no choss”
  • 2 weeks ago, the ASCI showdown was held in Maryland. This was an invite only outdoor bouldering comp that sounds like it was a really cool event. Lizzy Asher won it for the women by flashing all 4 finals problems to beat Angie Payne, who sent all 4 but did not flash. Sean McColl won for the men, just barely beating Daniel Woods by mere inches. Full write-up at R&I.

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