Catching up with the 8C sendfest

If last week we were talking about hard ascents by female boulderers, this time we are catching up with all the hard climbing that the guys have been doing all over the planet. 8C’s have been opened and repeated in 3 continents!

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In the Red Rocks of Nevada, Jimmy Webb has done the first repetition of Nalle Hukkataival’s Kintsugi, calling it “one of the best lines you will see anywhere”. Hukkataival did the first ascent about a year ago.

Meanwhile, in Asia, we have two brand-new V15’s | 8C’s. In Korea, fresh off winning La Sportiva Legends Only, Jongwon Chon has climbed his 3rd 8C | V15 problem, Hymn. It is Chon’s second first ascent of that grade and also South Korea’s second V15.

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In Toyota, Japan, Toshi Takeuchi has opened Babylon. Takeuchi has been working the line for two years. He breaks down the problem as “11 moves hard V14 +12 moves V11” and considers it his hardest ascent ever.

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Finally, Europe has suffered an 8C rampage. 5 lines of that grade have been climbed, including 4 first ascents.

Dave Graham has had some productive time in Switzerland, adding yet another 8C | V15 to his resumé, La Colombe. Located in Vernayaz, the line was first tried by Graham in 2006, when it was a closed project. Taking advantage of good weather conditions he did the first ascent 3 weeks ago. He describes the moves as “bizarre” and “a classic example of how cool climbing on granite can get”.

In the French forest of Fontainebleau, Charles Albert, famous for climbing barefoot (and for his very hard climbs!), has finished his project in Gros Sablon, calling it La Révolutionnaire and grading it 8C | V15.

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Also in Font, Alban Levier has repeated Jour de Chasse, a very powerful boulder opened by Jan Hojer in 2013.

To finish up, two hard climbs in Spain’s Basque Country by Iker Pou and Markel Mendieta.

Iker Pou has repeated one of the hardest traverses in the world, La Travesía de Baltzola, a line that he had already done 15 years ago but that he has repeated skiping a glued hold (the “natural version” he calls it), adding difficulty to the line, that he considers 8c+/9a traverse.

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In Araotz, Markel Mendieta has done the first ascent of his project Eskerrik Asko, a relatively long line (around 15 moves) that he graded 8C | V15.

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