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Daniel Woods climbing La Capella at Siurana, Spain, his first 9b.
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Daniel Woods climbs La Capella 9b at Siurana

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Top American climber Daniel Woods has redpointed his first 9b sports climb, La Capella at Siurana in Spain.

La Capella, the short and intense testpiece at Siurana freed by Adam Ondra in 2011 and in the limelight in mid-January when Stefano Ghisolfi pulled off the first repeat, has now been redpointed by America’s Daniel Woods.

The route negotiates an intense start broken down into three distinct boulder problems -an 8A+ followed by seven savage moves graded 8A+/B and then a 7C - and it comes as no surprise that the third ascent comes at the hands of one of the world’s foremost boulderers.

Up until recently the 28-year-old had repointed sports climbs up to 9a+, with Papichulo at Oliana in 2016 and Thor’s Hammer 9a+ at Flatanger - Hanshellern in Norway in 2015.

Woods travelled to Siurana in mid-February and what is now his first 9b came about after a mere five days of work. Interestingly, he now has a further 81 days left in Spain before returning home, who knows what he’ll get up to…

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