Honey Badger (8C +): Will Bosi's hardest boulder first ascent | Video

Will Bosi makes the first ascent of Honey Badger in Badger Cove. The 22-move 8C+ line is the most difficult bouldering problem in the Peak District. Since the beginning of the year, the 23-year-old has climbed an incredible 30 grade 8B or harder boulders.

Will Bosi is currently unstoppable. in the peak district does he have with him Honey badger (8C +) launched another high-end boulder. He even talks about his toughest First Ascent. Of course, the rating is only a suggestion, but if you look at Bosi's tick list since the beginning of the year, it quickly becomes clear that the Scot is in top form. He has repeated or climbed 30 boulders in the upper eighth French grade since January, a third of which are smooth 8C's.

Honey Badger (8C+): 22 moves, tiny holds


Will Bosis' new creation is twenty-two strokes long, cutting through the steepest section of the delicate wall before collapsing with the top of Rampant Rabbit (7C) converges and the final grips of the Dan Varian classic wildness (8B+) achieved. Only a treacherous exit awaits potential repeaters there. The Scot needed five sessions to climb the boulder. The sticking point turned out to be a deadpoint stopper from a tiny intersection into a two-finger hole.

«This is by far the hardest bouldering problem I've done so far. And at the same time one of the best. Climbing is so varied, from technical at the beginning to raw power and perseverance at the end!»

Will Bosi
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Will Bosi in his toughest first ascent so far: Honey Badge (8C +). Image: Sam Pratt

Route or Boulder?

"I say that it is a boulder," says Will Bosi. But in view of the 22 trains this is funny. That The Brandenburg Gate for example, only has seven heavy moves and is considered a sport route. «Climbing is a fun sport!»

«Honey Badger is a step up from the 8C's I've climbed so far. That's why I think that the level of difficulty 8C + is justified. »

Will Bosi

In terms of rating, Will Bosi sees Honey Badger as an increase over the 8C's he has climbed to date. "That's why I think the 8C+ level of difficulty is justified, but I'm happy to be convinced otherwise."

Will Bosi, the high-flyer

At least since La Capella and King Cappella things went uphill for Will Bosi. He flashes 8B+ and 8A+ twice in one day, he opens Scotland's toughest sport climbing route and solves a ten-year-old Ondra problem. These are just a few examples of his achievements. Reason enough for us to get to know the high-flyer of the climbing scene a little better.

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