Newsflash:  Paul Robinson and Ty Landman Are REALLY Strong…

Newsflash: Paul Robinson and Ty Landman Are REALLY Strong…

…no joke.  Last summer they spent their time tearing up RMNP and climbing hard double digit problems in circuits like it is nothing.  This summer they have taken the show on the road with Paul in South Africa and Ty in Europe.


In Branson, Switzerland (not Branson, Missouri) Ty Landman recently made a visit to pay homage to the first V13 (La Danse des Balrogs) and first V14 (Radja) in the world both established by Fred Nicole in the 90’s.  Surprising for Ty, but not for outside observers, he made quick work of both problems in the course of one evening session.  You can read more about Ty’s  his efforts in Branson as well as is recent repeat of New Base Line (V14) at the Moonclimbing blog.  You can also read about his first V13 flash of a problem called Cullinan in Valais as well.

Ty Landman climbing New Base Line in Switzerland’s Magic Wood


Photo:  Ty Landman/Moonclimbing

Despite being such an area of historical significance, I couldn’t recall ever coming across much media on what the climbing was like in Branson so I did some digging.  Apparently it is quite a small area with really only this one bloc holding both La Danse… and Radja.  Via Joost, check out Sebastian Spauwen climbing La Danse des Balrogs to get a better idea of what things look like in Branson.  Here are a few photos as well:

A few photos of a climber on La Danse des Balrogs, the world’s first 8B boulder (climbed in 1992)

La Danse des Balrogs La Danse des Balrogs La Danse des Balrogs

Photos:  Uncle Somebody

South Africa

After a slow start hampered by rain, things in South Africa have started to heat up.  Paul recently repeated Fred Nicole’s V15 Amandla in under 2 hours.  Other notable sends include Mooiste Maise (V14), Madiba (V14), The Power of One (V13), Green Mamba (V13), Ray Of Light (V13), Armed Response (V13), Black Shadow (V13) and a flash of Oral Office (V12/13).

Paul Robinson climbing Mooiste Maise (V14)

Mooiste Maise

Photo:  Andy Mann

Unfortunately both Paul and Daniel Woods are under a self-imposed scorecard updating ban, however Paul has posted a brief list of sends on Five Ten’s website.  Check out Andy Mann’s latest pro blog for some updated photos and be sure to check out the this Fall’s Reel Rock Tour for South Africa bouldering footage from Big Up.

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7 Responses to Newsflash: Paul Robinson and Ty Landman Are REALLY Strong…

  1. sweatpants July 24, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    On point enough to give us updates on our young phenom friends halfway around the world but …still to tired to give us photo’s and full story’s on trip to the big park. hmmm… do we have no priorities sir?

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  2. Narc July 24, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Here is the key:

    I can compile and read about the exploits of others during my 10 hours at work each day.

    For pictures and stories about my exploits the reason for delays is this. Because I am a badass photog (not) I only shoot in RAW format which requires special care ($$$ programs that I don’t have installed at work) that can only be performed at the home computer. My time at home for computer work is limited by the aforementioned 10 hours spent at work as well as Mrs. Narc’s unending desire to spend time with me.

    Given these two facts it is much easier for me to work on putting together posts on what others are doing rather than what I am doing. I hope to at least begin sorting through photos and over-photoshopping them this weekend. A trip for outdoor climbing will also hopefully take place.

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  3. Sweatpants July 24, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    I dont want to hear excuses I want to see results… also we all know that Mrs. Narc prolly doesnt want to hang out with you that much.

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  4. Phenomenon July 24, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    Good update Narc, but Tony Lamiche actually repeated Amandla before Paul did.

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  5. Narc July 24, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks for the correction, I will update the post. I believe that I had actually heard that earlier and simply forgot about it.

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  6. Ryan July 24, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Paul, Daniel and Ty all just seem to be getting stronger and stronger. Congrats on the sends guys.

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  7. Unclesomebody July 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    If you want to see unedited footage of La Danse de Balrog then check my video out…


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