|British bouldering is on great form at the moment, with the likes of Ben Moon still producing cutting-edge problems after all these years and, at the other end of the age-scale, 15-year old Tyler Landman repeating some of the hardest problems at home and abroad.
In mid November Ben Moon completed his journey on Voyager by adding a sit start to the 8b problem he had first climbed precisely a year ago. The rightwards traverse line at Burbage North is "about 12 moves and over a minute on the rock" and now checks in at 8b+ and is testament to Moon's perennial motivation and determination. Check out the video for confirmation...
While Moon was busy in northern England Tyler Landman travelled to Cresciano in Switzerland and repeated one of the most famous (and hardest) boulder problems in the world, Fred Nicole's Dreamtime. Landman had worked the moves briefly in mid-October but returned for colder conditions. He believes the boulder is "proper 8b+" but, regardless of the grade, judges it as being "the most impressive and aesthetic boulder" he has ever climbed.
Talking of impressive problems - Andrew Earl has been bouldering hard lately outdoors after placing ninth overall in the Bouldering World Cup 2006, with a repeat of Cypher 8b at the Slipstones and a 5th ascent of Jerry Moffat's Stanage testpiece The Ace 8b. He's in good company: other repeaters include Malcolm Smith, Ben Moon and, yes, Tyler Landman.
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