The season continues to wind down at Lincoln Lake near Mt. Evans, CO. Dave Graham had his final days in the new zone last week before heading east to compete in the UBC comp. On his last day he managed to open 2 more hard boulders in Vanilla Sky (V14) and Tattooed Teardrops (V13). According to his scorecard Graham climbed 21 problems V11 or harder this summer at Linconln Lake with 11 of those being first ascents. A season for the record books if I ever saw one.
With both Graham and Daniel Woods busy on the east coast it was Jon Cardwell and Nalle Hukkataival’s turn to take advantage of the crisp (or not so crisp given the temps in Boulder lately) conditions at Mt. Evans. In the past week both have done 5 V12s or harder including 3 V13s in one day by Cardwell and a fast 5 minute repeat of The Exfoliator by Hukkataival according to their respective 8a scorecards.
The grade of The Exfoliator has been the subject of some disagreement with Daniel Woods originally suggesting V14, Dave Graham suggesting V13 and both Hukkataival and Carlo Traversi indicating they think it could be V12. Of course it helps to remember that Hukkataival seems built for the climbing at Mt. Evans with his flash of No More Greener Grasses (V12) and 2nd try send of Clear Blue Skies (V11 or 12) back in 2008. Maybe dude is just really strong?? Or, as commenter Scott points out, Hukkataival seems to start a move higher than Woods did if you compare the footage of their respective ascents. So make of it what you will…
Here’s a short video from Hukkataival and Cardwell that shows repeats of Evil Backwards, The Exfoliator and The Great War For Civilisation:
One really really cold, windy day at Wolverine Land in Colorado. One of the last days of the season. 9 days left!!!