Americans On The Takedown In Switzerland

Americans On The Takedown In Switzerland

Americans Carlo Traversi, Alex Puccio and Paul Robinson are having an excellent start to the bouldering season over in Switzerland including the FA of a potential V15 in Magic Wood by Robinson.

Carlo Traversi arrived in Switzerland just over a week ago for his first visit and he’s hit the ground running with some 12+ V11 or harder sends already under his belt.  In addition to his recent repeat of The Never Ending Story (V14), Traversi just yesterday did 2 Magic Wood V13s in one day with repeats of The Riverbed and Steppenwolf.  On his blog he’s got a nice rundown of how things have been going saying he’s “very, very impressed” with Switzerland thus far.

Carlo Traversi bouldering in Switzerland

Carlo Traversi bouldering in Switzerland

Photo:  Carlo Traversi Blog

Also in Switzerland for the first time is Alex Puccio.  Writing on Five Ten’s blog Puccio fills us in on her first 3 days of climbing that saw her repeat five V11 or harder boulders in Magic Wood despite less than ideal conditions.  Notable among those five were her sends of both parts of The Never Ending Story (V12 and V11 respectively) which has given her motivation to go for the full link of this V14:

Now that I have both parts of Never Ending Story put away I want to try and Link them. I did both parts really fast so maybe the link is possible for me! Lets see…

Last but not least is Paul Robinson who has been over in Switzerland the longest of the three.  Having already been to Switzerland 2 years ago Robinson seems more focused on establishing new problems this trip, and that’s exactly what he did yesterday with the FA of Ill Trill for which he is proposing a grade of soft V15.

According to this report on 27Crags Robinson worked out this13 move line out a steep cave over the course of 6 days at the same time he worked on Chris Sharma’s Practive Of The Wild, a rarely repeated V15 that is also in Magic Wood.  Writing on his scorecard Robinson calls Ill Trill “an amazing boulder” and says that it felt “harder than ANY 8B+ i have done.”

Ill Trill is Robinson’s 3rd V15 or harder in the past 6+ months after he did Lucid Dreaming (16) in Bishop, CA back in March and Monkey Wedding (V15) in South Africa’s Rocklands back in August.

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3 Responses to Americans On The Takedown In Switzerland

  1. Mark E October 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Nice update, but that headline has to go. What could “On the Take Down” possibly mean?

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    • Narc October 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

      Good question. I will discuss with my editors to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

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  2. Keenan October 14, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Narc, just read this on 8a, it’s a comment from Bernd Zangerl talking about Paul Robinson’s FA of Ill Trill, and he seems kind of frustrated that he named it that, although I don’t know whether or not Paul had known a stand start had been done…

    “….now i know:-)

    Congratulation to Paul, for finishing this magic wood project !!! This is a really great problem with
    crazy moves. I was also working on this problem for some time and i just get
    back in shape, after all my travelling this year. And since you found an easier
    solution for the sloper move i am even more motivated.

    But i did this problem already as a standstart ( without the
    first two moves ) a couple of times. ( i also slipped of from the top out hold
    last year; so this is a „special mind project“ for me J ) I named the stand
    „WOVENHAND“. I sent you these
    infos on your blog……but maybe you never got.

    As i am from a older generation, i think it’s disrespectful to give it a new name?? Just
    because I do two more moves on an existing problem i would never rename it. This
    is something which should not take over in the bouldering community. I have big
    respect for all people out there, which are going out and searching new lines,
    cleaning problems, looking for new
    stuff. This is what bouldering is about…..for myself. Searching new visions
    and try to make them real. I had
    this visions already years ago and started working on this problem. I would
    never go to „Midnight Lighning“ and rename it after making a sitdown. it.

    Maybe you never got these infos, so i thought i inform you
    this way….and we can keep the name „WOVENHAND“.

    Congratulation to this fast ascent !!!! You are really in
    best shape right now, and i hope you find a cool line in Ticino, which inspires
    other people to try.

    All the best


    You can find it by clicking on the Forum talking about the FA.

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