The Island crew is in Rocklands and their tear continues. Dave Graham repeated Golden Shadow V14, and Madiba V13, and Daniel Woods has climbed Golden Shadow and King of Limbs, a V14 from British climber Mickey Page. Perhaps most notably, Nalle Hukkatavial (who also climbed Golden Shadow) has made the second ascent (in ten years) of Oliphants Dawn, originally suggested to be V13 by FAist Fred Nicole. The line had been tried by a number of strong climbers over the years, including Adam Ondra who had this to stay
“It consists of three moves on incredibly small crimps on a 30-degree overhang and after one hour of sessioning I walked away having done none of the moves. And I heard that bunch of people walked away with same result. All my esteem to you, Fred!”
Rocklands seems to be all the rage this year, with climbers from all over the world going there to enjoy the perfect sandstone. Again, Fred Nicole should be commended for being at an area 10 years ahead of the curve. If anyone is really paying attention, they might be curious as to what Fred is up to these days…
And in case you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend the following video of Rocklands. It is of high quality, it is free, and I thought it was worth the watch.