The Year of The Pooch™ continued yesterday as Alex Puccio became the first woman to climb Ben Moon’s legendary Joe’s Valley testpiece, Black Lung (V13). In just the last five months now Puccio has done 7 boulder problems V13 or harder after somehow having done 0 previously.
World Record breaking. Ridiculous.
Ben Moon’s first ascent of Black Lung, which took place back in 2000, was chronicled in this short piece first posted on the original Momentum Video Magazine1. For many who were into climbing at the time this piece elevated Black Lung to an almost mythical status. A visiting legend in Ben Moon comes to the U.S. and does the first ascent of this amazing looking, hard problem2. I lost count of how many times I watched this movie when it was first released.
I’m curious about climbers who have only started climbing in recent years though. What movies or boulder problems or routes do you look at in the same way, if any? Let me know in the comments.