News & Notes – 09/15/2009

News & Notes – 09/15/2009


  • Somewhat under the radar these days, Jon Cardwell has had himself a nice summer over in Europe.  On a rope he did Biographie (5.14c) in Ceuse, and on the boulders he recently did the 4th ascent of The Bitter End (V14) at Fionnay, Switzerland.  Read more at the Five Ten blog here and here.

Jon Cardwell – The Bitter End (V14)

Photo:  Five Ten Blog

  • Adam Ondra did the 2nd ascent of Markus Bock’s Der Heilige Gral (5.14d, 2nd try) in the Frankenjura, Germany.  In the past 12 months young Ondra has done 11 5.14d’s or harder with a lifetime total of 22!  Not bad considering he has yet to reach his 17th birthday.
  • European sport climbers are really, really strong.
  • Paul Robinson seems to have lost his way in life.  A top boulderer known for his dedication to solely bouldering, Paul recently admitted to sending a 5.14a sport route in Clear Creek Canyon…during the prime alpine bouldering season.  What started as a flirtation with bolted 5.14d boulder problems has turned into a dangerous habit…

…And Notes

Photo:  Giulio Malfer

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5 Responses to News & Notes – 09/15/2009

  1. tadas September 15, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    What about Daniel Woods, he is spending his days in France, sport climbing as well 🙂

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    • Narc September 15, 2009 at 10:50 am #

      I did have a post about that a couple weeks back, but I suppose I could have updated on the latest sends. I’m holding out for 9a.

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  2. Elliott September 18, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    I was dissapointed to see spraylords win the Reel Rock Comp. I thought it was pretty lame. However “Take” was absolutely hilarious. I like to see both ends of the rope being pushed. Shikadang.

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  3. Luke September 18, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    I think that Spencer puts out quality films. I just didn’t get spraylords… Did it help if you knew the people involved? I missed the punchline…

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  4. rock climbing September 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    I like Jon Cardwell is staying under the radar. I think too many climbers try to be in the spotlight all the time.

    Saw a preview of Progression during the OR show really stoked to see the full section with Tommy Caldwell.

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