Dave Graham’s boulder problem The Book Of Bitter Aspects (V13) has stood unrepeated for several years now. Strong climbers like Paul Robinson have come close to repeating the problem, but it was still waiting for that coveted 2nd ascent. Until now.
After a summer spent ticking V13s in RMNP and a winter spent ticking V13s in Hueco, Phil Schaal returned to his home area to make the first repeat of The Book Of Bitter Aspects. Commenting on his blog Schaal says that repeating the line, “didn’t take much effort maybe 10 or so tries over 2 days”.
Here is some background on what Dave Graham had to say about his 2003 FA of The Book…:
Really brilliant tall, stand start, which goes straight out this huge wall, maybe an 8 meter boulder, it breaks down to a sick hard 8B+ish two move sequence with a REALLY hard stand into a bad undercut, on steep terrain, directly into a big tall 7B+ finish, which is exciting, and pumpy, and when it´s cold, like fucking deadly cold, its really mind numbingly freezing, AHHHHHHHHH-THE PAIN, that´s what it feels like.
The long awaited second accent.