Practice of the Wild – Beta Video!

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Two sections of footage linked together for 'Practice of the Wild' in Magic Wood. I'll be back!

Practice of the Wild - Beta Video! from Beastly Squirrel on Vimeo.

Practice of the Wild (Dave MacLeod)

"Wheel of Life" 8C for Alex Barrows

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by Natalie Berry - UKC 06/Jun/2016
Foto: © Ella Russell

Alex Barrows has climbed his first 8C, ticking "The Wheel of Life" at Hollow Mountain Area bouldering in the Grampians, Australia. The problem is world-famous for its length of ~70 moves and was first climbed by Dai Koyamada in 2004 and originally graded 8C+.

The Wheel links Extreme Cool (7B+) into Sleepy Hollow (8A) into Cave Man (7C) into Dead Can't Dance (8A). 

Describing the problem, Alex told UKC:

"It's ~70 moves all told, so a long way removed from normal bouldering, but not quite route climbing either. It's long enough to make Pilgrimage at Parisella's look almost like a boulder problem though!"

Last April, Alex climbed his first 9a - Era Vella - at Margalef in Spain. As a climber with preferences for long, endurance-heavy routes with knee-bars, how did he think Era Vella compared to Wheel of Life?

"In terms of grade I think the concensus nowadays is 9a as a route grade, or 8B+ as a boulder grade; a bit harder if you don't use kneepads, but I sure as hell did! I thought it was probably lower end 9a, not that I'm particularly qualified to give an opinion compared to some of the previous ascentionists. The climbing is probably harder than that on Era Vella, but then it's a million times easier to work so it should be physically harder to earn a similar grade for the overall challenge. Anyway, it's not really about the grade with this thing, it's about it being The Wheel of Life and about it being awesome fun!"

Writing in his blog, Alex summed up his achievement as follows:

"The deep down contentment of doing a problem which I'd heard of for a decade but never dreamed I could ever climb until the last few years, and never expected to climb until the last few days, seems likely to stay around a little while... at least until I find the next project anyway!"

Dave MacLeod - Practice of the Wild 8C

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FRI NIGHT VID + INTERVIEW: Dave MacLeod - Practice of the Wild 8C
by Natalie Berry - UKC 27/May/2016

We recently reported on Dave MacLeod's ascent of his first 8C boulder - Practice of the Wild in Magic Wood, Switzerland. A new film in which Dave talks about the process of training for and working the problem has been released by Dark Sky Media and Mountain Equipment. Dave claims he is climbing harder at the age of 37 than he was 10 or 20 years ago - but what has allowed for this improvement? As is typical of Dave, steely dedication and a meticulous approach to training proved essential.

Watch the film and read our interview to find out more...

Had you tried many other 8Cs previously?

No I don’t think I’d tried any. Most of my bouldering is on unclimbed stuff in Scotland. I’ve only had a couple of trips to Chironico around ten years ago and then a few trips to Magic Wood in the last three years.

What made you choose to try Pratice of the Wild as your first 8C, and when did you first try it?

I tried it in 2012 on my first trip in Magic Wood. I couldn’t do any of the hard moves but I just thought it looked like a really inspiring line.

Would you say it was of a particular style that suited or did not suit you?

Well you have some opportunities to use your feet on it, so in that sense it would suit me because I’m pretty weak and need to use my feet. I also did some okay links on In Search of Time Lost (8C) while I was there and that is definitely my anti-style: pure power and fewer chances to make the moves easier with footwork. I’d love to go back and try it someday. If I could do that, I’d definitely have made some real progress in my strength.

For more informations and pictures:

First female to climb V15

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Big news! 14 year old Ashima Shiraishi has just become the first female and the youngest person ever to climb V15, with the second ascent of Dai Koyamada's spectacular 25 move roof problem, Horizon, in Hiei, Japan.

After working the problem in December, Ashima returned during her spring break from school, and sent it today on her third day on. Our crew was there to capture her historic achievement for this fall's #REELROCK11 Film Tour.

Photo: by Brett Lowell.

Dai Koyamadaon Horizon, Mt Hiei, Kyushu, Japan © Ikuko Serata

Toru Nakajima in Colorado

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I send the movie Toru Nakajima in Colorado 2015.
He made great achievement in this trip.
The highlight is Paint it Black V15 which is one of the hardest problem in the world.
And there are not only Paint it Black but also some hard problems in Colorado.


TORU_NAKAJIMA_IN_COLORADO_2015 from Imashi Hashimoto on Vimeo.

Jour de chasse

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Kevin Lopata dans Jour de Chasse 8c à Recloses, Fontainebleau

Jour de chasse 8c from kevin LOPATA on Vimeo.

The First 9a Sport Route in Bleau

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On today's show we check in with French Boulderer Alban Levier, who has recently established himself as the nations number 1 boulderer on the competition scene, and if this recent route is anything to go by, he's not that far off that mark on rock as well. Alban has established what he claims to be the first 9a sport route in the bouldering mecca of Fontainebleau. It is a first ascent combining boulder problems in the Orsay Roof, and is made up of more than 30 moves...BRUTAL!

The First 9a Sport Route Established In Fontainbleau | Climbing Daily, Ep. 646

Daniel Woods in Shiobara

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day1. "HYDRA V13" & "CARTHARSIS V14" day2. "HYDRANGIA V15"

Serenata 8C for Dawid Skoczylas

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by Natalie Berry - UKC 25/Jan/2016
pics: © Monika Janicka-Skoczylas

Polish climber and UK resident Dawid Skoczylas hasrepeated Mike Adams' 8C SerenataonImpossible Roof, Roche Abbey, South Yorkshire. Dawid put substantial time andeffort into the problem and joins a fairly small list of 'honorary' Brits to climb 8C.

Serenataclimbs the low start intoSerenityand ends in Ned Feehally'sSerenadeextension, therefore creating a link of an~8B+ into ~7C+, to produce one of the UKC's hardest problems, first climbed in 2015.

Fitting in attempts between a full-time job and looking after his four children, Dawid's ascent is highly impressive. He told UKC:

"I am very pleased and surprised I did it.Relieved that a couple of years of effort (including time spent on Serenity and Serendipity) materialised in the ascent. Also relieved that I didn't get injured in the process! Brilliant line which you can dropon almost every move."


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