Will Bosi attempts Burden of Dreams and streams progress live on Instagram
Will Bosi is currently in Finland attempting Burden of Dreams (9A), the hardest boulder problem in the world established by Nalle Hukkataival in 2016. The Scottish climber is streaming his progress live on Instagram.
Climbing continues its startling foray into the digital realm and what seemed impossibile only a few years ago is now reality. In 1999 Alex Lowe, Mark Synnott and Jared Ogden paved the way into the internet era with their revolutionary live updates from the walls of Great Trango Tower in Pakistan, while as of 2010 Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson took things into a completely different realm when they started to document their attempts live from El Capitan's Dawn Wall. Now with the advent of smartphones, youtube, facebook and instagram, not a day passes without some of the biggest names in climbing posting about projects, progression and boom online.
At present Will Bosi is in Finland attempting the hardest boulder problem in the world, Nalle Hukkataival's undisputed masterpiece Burden of Dreams, and this morning the Scot shared his first attempts live on his Instagram account. Prior to today, the 24-year-old had trained specifically on a copy of the problem set up in Sheffield using 3D printed replica holds, a practice which is becoming increasingly popular among elite athletes. After achieving a breakthrough moment - climbing what he confesses is his hardest ever move, indoors or out - he immediately travelled to Lappnor to make the most of current mint conditions.
Bosi quickly discovered that the Sheffield replica is not perfectly identical to the real thing as the dimensions of a few of the hand and footholds vary ever so slightly, but nevertheless the man with the strongest fingers in the business has made supremely fast, extremely promising progress. As they say, like and subscribe.