Nice and easy: Never Ending Story, 6B

We talk a lot about the really hard problems (V13 flashes, V16 proposals…) but most of us spend our climbing hours facing easier stuff. And that’s the beauty of climbing. There are thousands of “easy” problems that are beautiful, challenging, inspiring and worth climbing regardless of your skill level. This is one of them.

Giuliano Cameroni completes the Dreamtime boulder

Swiss climber Giuliano Cameroni has climbed Dreamtime, the ultra classic test piece put up by Fred Nicole back in 2000. This is Cameroni’s second 8C boulder problem, the other one being Dave Graham’s The Story of Two Worlds.

Nacho Sánchez ticks off ‘Crisis’ 8C/+

Spanish boulderer Nacho Sánchez has sent his long-term project Crisis, in his own words, his hardest ascent ever. Located in Crevillente (south-east Spain), Crisis is a long problem that traverses a massive roof requiring power, resistance and tons of body tension.

Video-gems: Ondra and the hip-breaking mantle

The World Champion crimps his way up this hard-looking 8B | V13. When it seems like he has it in the bag, things get complicated. Luckily Ondra is not only strong but also flexible, and his hips and knees prove to be up to the challenge.

Watch Daniel Woods on Lucid Dreaming

Photo by Cameron Maier

At the beginning of the year Daniel Woods managed to do the first (and only) repetition of Lucid Dreaming 8C | V15, one of the hardest problems on the planet. Footage from the ascent has been released as part of the promotion of the film Exposure Vol. II.

Alex Johnson: On Comps and The Swarm

Last summer, during the Vail Bouldering World Cup, we got the chance to catch up with American boulderer Alex Johnson. We talked about her views on competitions and her ambitious project: The Swarm.

Black Lung – Alex Puccio keeps on rolling

Alex Puccio seems to be in the best shape of her life. This year her ticklist gets more impressive by the minute. Just a month ago she sent her second V14 | 8B+. Yesterday, in Joe’s Valley, Utah, she repeated Ben Moon’s Black Lung, her fifth V13 | 8B.

Shauna Coxsey climbs New Base Line, third female V14 ever

Today, with her ascent of New Base Line in Magic Wood, Switzerland, British superstar Shauna Coxsey has become the third woman ever to climb a 8B+ | V14 boulder problem.

V14 | 8B+ by Ashima Shiraishi

With just 13 years of age, Ashima Shiraishi has become the second woman ever to climb a V14 | 8B+ bouldering problem. The young prodigy has sent Golden Shadow in Rocklands, South Africa.

How boulder problems are born

Before you can top that problem, before it can appear on the guidebook, before anybody can make the first ascent, someone has to take the time to “open” the problem. Featuring Tonde Katiyo* and Travis Kemp, this video shows part of that process, too often taken for granted by most of us.