Daniel Woods has been on a tear lately (when is he not?), as he is touring some of the hardest boulders in Europe. First off he tried Gioia V15 at Varrazee, climbing all the moves quickly in the heat. He then left Italy hoping to return in cooler weather. From there it was on to Switzerland, where he climbed the third ascent of Practice of the Wild V15, which is an amazing cave boulder problem in Magic Wood. He also repeated Paul Robinson’s Ill Trill and suggested a downgrade from V15 to V14, and Chris Webb-Parson’s Believe in Two, giving it the same downgrade. Very impressive.
It’s hard to know these days if high end climbers are being honest about what they actually think about the numbers. Perhaps all of the downgrading, not just by Daniel, but many others, is an attempt to try and give a sincere and accurate assessment of the actual difficulty. Perhaps it is simply ego-driven bickering. What will stand out in the end? It will be interesting to see if and when an American climber younger than Chris Sharma or Dave Graham takes the lead on the development of a new area, which is something that hasn’t happened in a while.
Finally, while B3bouldering likes to keep its focus on bouldering, as it is clearly the superior discipline, I will acknowledge that Adam Ondra has had a decent spring of Spanish sport climbing. Well done!