Here is the uncut footage of Daniel Woods flashing Entlinge V14 or V15, or
B3 as it were. Entlinge is in Murgtal, CH and was put up by Fred Nicole. Daniel’s ascent stands as the hardest boulder flash to date, and an outstanding effort on his part. Here is the video:
This video provides a good segue to a tangential topic I’ve been wanting to discuss for a bit.
In 2007 I had this to say in an interview with Climbing Magazine, which ties in nicely:
Jamie Emerson is not strong. Explain why this statement is true/false.
I wouldn’t consider myself a strong climber. I think America is far behind the world standard — myself included. I feel like the attitude in America, right now, is that V12s and V13s are hard boulder problems. I think it is really nothing to climb a problem of that grade! And I am not talking about some newly established, over-graded sit start. I am talking about things like Nagual, No More Greener Grass, Spectre, etc. We should really be talking about flashing these problems. The strongest climbers in the world are establishing problems that are truly in the V15 — or even V16 — range. These problems are hard. I tend to think that most Americans haven’t heard of problems like Entlinge, Practice of the Wild, Madiba, Hydrangea, or The Story of Two Worlds. It seems like these problems represent the cutting edge, or what Gill would call B3 [B3 represents a boulder problem capable of being climbed by one person, and represents the highest of difficulty standards].
Who is a climber we should watch out for?
Again, I think Daniel Woods is really about to take things to another level. I climb with him three days a week in a small gym in Boulder called CATS, and it is really incredible what he does on a nightly basis. He has done almost every V14 in America. I am certain that if he stays motivated, he will climb the hardest problems in the world, in the next few years. It is really inspiring to watch him climb. He has so much power!
However right I was in predicting what would come of Daniel, I was just as wrong with the claim presented in this post. While these are predictions and not necessarily claims, it brings up an interesting point, one I have touched on several times in the past, when I have found inconsistencies in what climbers say online and what happens in real life.
As the internet continues to grow, and the volume of blogs, quotes, and information accumulates, will climbers be held accountable for what they say? Does it matter if they say it took them 20 minutes to do Dreamtime when it was really 45? Or that they “onsighted” a route they rappelled down to put ticks on? Will the never-ending cycle of news just continually replace yesterdays inconsistencies? Does it even matter? If no one seems concerned or cares, does this open the flood gates to ethical inconsistency? Or with more cameras rolling more of the time, will that become the standard? (A few years ago when I presented the idea of uncut footage it was scoffed at, and it seems to now be more and more of a standard for hard ascents, Daniel’s flash of Entlinge not being the exception) And if none of it matters, what does that say about how much importance we should place on what IS said on the internet (this blog included)? Thoughts?