2009 Year In Review Part 4

2009 Year In Review Part 4

Click here to read Part 1 (Jan. – March) here to read Part 2 (April – June) and here to read Part 3 (July – Sept.) of the 2009 Year In Review. On to Part 4:


  • 40-year-old Yuji Hirayama visited Canada (in September really) and repeated Cobra Crack (5.14 trad) among other notable achievements (Link).
  • Big Up Productions released their latest movie, Progression.  I interviewed Josh Lowell about the movie (Link) and provided my thoughts in a review (Link).
  • The 2009 Triple Crown Bouldering Series kicked off at Hound Ears.  Sasha DiGiulian and Jimmy Webb won their respective Open divisions (Link).
  • I speculated on the cost of free climbing on El Capitan (Link).
  • Rich Simpson was obsessed with climbing Action Directe (5.14d):

  • In Devil’s Lake news, I created a new mini guide (Link) and The Keymaker (V10ish) finally saw a 2nd asscent (Link).
  • Dave Graham climbed two 5.14ds in October in Abyss (Link) and Chocholocco (Link).
  • I shared some thoughts on the mental side of climbing (Link) as well as some inspiration from Tommy Caldwell (Link).
  • Dan Beall did the first ground up ascent of the Bishop highball Luminance (V11ish) (Link).

  • Matt Wilder climbed Cheating Reality, a new all gear 5.14 in the Flatirons (Link).
  • Jonathan Siegrist started his impressive trip to the Red River Gorge by sending Lucifer (5.14c) very quickly (Link).
  • Also at the Red, Adam Taylor opened what is likely the hardest route at the Red with his FA of The Golden Ticket (Link).
  • Jimmy Webb had a good trip to Arkansas, doing the 2nd ascent of Sharma’s The Zone (Link).

  • Adam Ondra did the FA of his hardest route yet, Marina Superstar, a likely 5.15a or b sport route in Italy (Link).
  • Max Zolotukhin tried to free solo a 5.14b sport route at Rumney with disastrous consequences (Link).


  • James Kassay repeated the super long boulder problem Sleepy Rave (V15) at the Grampians of Australia (Link).

  • By the end of his trip to the Red River Gorge, Jonathan Siegrist amassed a pretty impressive ticklist (Link).
  • Most of the news for November was posted in a massive News & Notes post (Link).
  • Daniel Woods added a new V14 in Austria (Link).
  • Obviously, November was a slow month for Climbingnarc.com.  This was mainly because I spent 10 days in Hueco Tanks.  I blogged about the trip here, here and here.


  • December started with a bit of comic relief:

  • Tis The Season In Spain, a big update on the latest happenings in the Spanish sport climbing scene (Link).
  • The extras for Progression were made available for download (Link).
  • The very popular MSA Auto Belay devices were discontinued indefinitely (Link).
  • The 2009 Triple Crown Bouldering Series wrapped up at The Stone Fort.  Jimmy Webb and Kasia Pietras were overall series champs (Link).
  • Dr. Topo, maker of very popular free topos, decided to shut down operations (Link).
  • On a break from trying the First Round First Minute Project Chris Sharma did the FA of Neanderthal (5.15) in Santa Linya (Link).
  • Adam Ondra made news with his flash of a V14 boulder problem in Switzerland (Link).
  • Paul Robinson made his first trip to Arkansas, sending Wood Grain Grippin (V14) among other hard problems (Link).
  • Beth Rodden shared her story as she recovers from shoulder surgery (Link).
  • Jonathan Siegrist had a very successful trip to Yangshuo, China (Link).
  • Nalle Hukkataival added a new V14 in Switzerland and shared a nearly 30 minute movie packed with several cool problems (Link).

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3 Responses to 2009 Year In Review Part 4

  1. Mark January 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    October was a great month, in my opinion. That Obsession video really is a big motivator for me. I have similar aspirations, so its great to see what it takes. Plus that video of Luminance is fantastic. But December was fantastic with everything Sharma, Paul, and Nalle did. Great post, Narc!

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  2. greg January 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    damn i never watched the vertical limit youtube so i watch it and im flipping rolling on the ground laughing and my pops goes whats so funny that looks really real.

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