To his own surprise, Jimmy Webb sends the 8c boulder Lucid Dreaming in Bishop, California. The crimpy boulder Lucid Dreaming doesn't suit his style at all.

Jimmy Webb is one of the strongest climbers in the world. Jimmy particularly stands out due to numerous difficult flash ascents. But despite his strength, he also has weaknesses.

“Throughout my climbing life I’ve always considered myself a terrible crimp climber. I convinced myself long ago that I was either too big, or just to weak to be able to push myself in this style.”

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Because of this attitude, Jimmy stayed away from hard crimpy boulders, because he was afraid of failing.

“Sometimes though, you just want to prove to yourself that you can do it. Or at least try damn hard. This was the case for me this winter season in Bishop.”

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Lucid Dreaming, on the boulder Grandpa Peabody, is overhanging and has numerous small scratchy crimps. Jimmy Webb started checking the boulder out without any expectations and started projecting the line. On the ninth day of working on Lucid Dreaming, he successfully climbed the boulder.

“I learned a lot from this experience and the most important part of that was to always try and never shy away from a challenge just because you think you can’t do it. In climbing the biggest way anyone can improve is by pushing themselves towards a goal that they never thought possible. ”

The boulder Lucid Dreaming was first ascended by Paul Robinson in March 2010 and since then has regularly attracted strong climbers. Count among the repeaters are Daniel Woods (2014) , Alexander Megos (2015) , Toro Nakajima (2017) and recently Jimmy Webb (2020).

This video shows Jimmy Webb ascending Lucid Dreaming

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Credits: Cover picture Kevin Takashi Smith