Dave Graham Doing What Dave Graham Does:  Sending V13s

Dave Graham Doing What Dave Graham Does: Sending V13s

It continues to be a somewhat slow winter on the uber difficult boulder front, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening out there.  Dave Graham is back stateside which can mean only one thing:  climbing more V13s.

Starting off on Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder, CO, Graham made a repeat of a problem that Daniel Woods did last year called Epochalipse (V13).  This power endurance problem climbs Reverse UCT (V10ish?) into the infamous Trice (V12).  Moving onto Hueco, Graham continued to rack up V13’s with ascents of Crown Of Aragorn, Couer De Leon, Alma Blanca and Algerita.  This brings his total number of V13 or harder problems to a staggering 101!  There will undoubtedly be video of Graham’s exploits on MVM in the near future.  Whether or not you will like these videos is another story.

In other Hueco news, Australian Chris Webb Parsons has sustained an unfortunate and painful sounding injury near the end of his stint in Hueco.  During an attempt on Crown Of Aragorn (V13) he dislocated his shoulder “for about 3 seconds”.  Ouch.  It remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to climb during the remainder of his trip in Bishop.  I certainly wish him the speediest of recoveries.  If he doesn’t climb a single additional boulder, I think it is safe to say he has already had a pretty successful trip considering his ticklist looks likes this:

Esperanza V14
Slashface V13
Diabolique V13
Loaded Direct V12
Barefoot on Sacred Ground V12
Bleeding Brothers V12
Platonique V12
Diaphonous Sea V12 (flash)
Shaken Not Stirred V12
Skid Mark V11
Power Of Landjager V11
Full Service V10 (flash)
Loaded With Power V10
Free Willy V10 (flash)
Power Of Silence V10
Glass Ass Crack V9
Notorious DIG V9
Black Mamba V9
Big Nose Millie V9

On the female news front, Alex Johnson repeated the V11 Double Stack at Arthur’s Rock in Fort Collins, CO.

And finally, James Webb has done a quick one day ascent of Daniel Woods’ Dark Waters (V12/13) in Clear Creek Canyon, CO.  You can see video of Woods doing the FA back in 2007 by clicking here.

Since I haven’t had anywhere else to post this, check out this picture of the Nada Tunnel in the Red River Gorge during the recent ice storms:

ky77_nada_tunnel

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6 Responses to Dave Graham Doing What Dave Graham Does: Sending V13s

  1. Bob February 11, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I love your post title, excellent ! 😀
    Thanks for this update on winter bouldering news.

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  2. Chris February 11, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Narc– did your sources reveal if people are still climbing in the Red at this time?

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    • Narc February 11, 2009 at 9:15 am #

      I know some people that were just there this weekend. Not sure what the conditions were like. I assume decent enough for climbing though.

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  3. tissue February 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    i’ve heard that most of the muir trails are now cleared, but the road remains impassable. i would also imagine the southern region is getting a fair amount of chainsaw attention. not sure about the areas on national forest land; there might some doubt as to how one might proceed with a chainsaw on public property.

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  4. CantsendV12 February 14, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    On 8a.nu Dave Graham has 102 boulder sends rated 8B or over. Is that standard to equate 8B with V13? Converting grades seems a bit wishy washy in general, but the stuff I have seen puts 8B at V12 or less. Thoughts?

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    • Narc February 14, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

      My understanding has always been that 8B is V13. Think of V13 problems like Crown Of Aragorn or Circadian Rhythm in the US that people have down as 8B.

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