|Bouldering continues to enjoy exponential growth, and this popularity can be seen clearly by the increasing number of competitions indoors, of new hotspots outdoors, and above all by the increasing number of people willing to travel thousands of kilometers with a crashpad on their back to send a 5 meter high problem. |
Some of the most famous bouldering areas are currently besieged by a few of the world's best... temperature's have dropped and the friction is perfect - let's see what they've been up to.
Hueco Tanks, USA
Fred Nicole never stops producing high-end problems. This time he's linked two existing problems, starting off with the sit-down start Mer Diaphane V12 and linking this into Terre de Sienne V15. His new "Terremer" is currently ungraded but Nicole believes this to be his hardest yet.
Dave Graham is currently in Hueco, too (staying with Ben Moon) and in just one day's work he repeated Esperanza, a classic Nicole V14. As Ben Moon reports on his blog, Graham "got it on his second attempt. At 12 moves long it's not a short boulder problem and to get it worked and completed in a day is pretty dam impressive."
Michele Caminati from Italy travelled north to Fontainebleau where he sent Khéops 8B. In 2005 Caminati had sent Hip Hop assis 8b ande Le Toit du Gréau 8a+. Talking of 8a+... in November 2005 he made the first ascent of the prime "Incursore" 8a+ at Lagoni. For those in search of pure lines and great videos, we highly recommend the following link http://digilander.libero.it/lagoni/ And if you want to find out more about Michele, his climbs at Fontainebleu and more info about the most famous bouldering area in the world, check out profiles.bleau.info/michele.caminati
The Italian Martin Moser travelled to Switzerland's Cresciano where he sent The Dagger, un 8B+, first climbed by the teutonic Toni Lamprecht. To find out more about the ascent and for videos check out: www.freakclimbing.com
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