The Swarm in a day by Alex Puccio

Alex Puccio keeps on crushing. The 9 times ABS National Champion is visiting the massive boulders of Bishop where she has made a quick ascent of The Swarm, giving it a grade of V13 (8B).

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Alex Puccio on The Swarm. Pic by Joel Zerr.

This is the second female ascent of the problem (after Ashima Shiraishi) and Puccio’s 8th V13 or harder ascent (all of them since last July, a rate of one per month).

The Swarm is usually given a slash grade (V13/V14) or simply V14 but Puccio seems to agree with Paul Robinson, who already proposed the V13 grade back in 2011.

Alex Puccio on The Swarm. Pic by Joel Zerr.

Here’s Brian Hedrick working on The Swarm:

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