Michele Caminati bouldering hard at Fontainebleau
Michele Caminati from Italy has reaptead The Island Fb8b+ at Fontainebleau, France.
The Italian boulderer Michele Caminati has sent The Island at Fontainebleau in France. The problem was first ascended by Dave Graham in 2008, then later extended with a sit down start by Frenchman Vincent Pochon at a full Fb8c. Caminati sent the original version and believes this to be Fb8b+ - similar in grade therefore to his three other Fb8b+ (Khéops assis and Gecko assis at Fontainebleau and Neverending Story at Magic Wood)- and although he promises to be back for the extended version, in the meantime there's an entire forest to be climbed.
Talking of forests to be climbed. Caminati is hugely responsible for developing the bouldering area Lagoni in the Italian Appennines. In spring he managed to climb The Hanging Project, at Fb8b the hardest to date in Lagoni but still uncompleted in Caminati's view as he still needs to top out. In the meantime he's also working hard on a eagerly awaited new guide to this area. Hopefully there is more to come soon.