Matt Fultz secures the first repeat of Vecchio Leone sit (8C+) in Brione. It's the seventh boulder of this grade for the strong American, but the first time he's cracked such a difficult problem outside of the States.
If you look at his performance curve over the past few years, the American professional climber is Matt Fultz definitely a 9A candidate: in 2020 he combined three 8C boulders and one boulder rated 8C+ in his ticklist. In the first half of 2021, four 8C's and three 8C+ lines (Sleepwalker, Grand Illusion, Creature from the Black Lagoon) were added. In the summer of 2022, among other things, the first ascent of Brace for the cure (8C +) and recently in Brione the first repetition of Vecchio Leone sit (8C+)
Matt Fultz climbs Vecchio Leone sit (8C+) in Brione
The Generations Project
Vecchio Leone (8B) is one of Brione's great classics. First climbed in the early 2000s by bouldering pioneer Bernd Zangerl, the boulder is still considered a real touchstone today. In November 2022, Aidan Roberts opened the 8C+ rated sit start version, leaving the climbing world with an even greater challenge.
It took Matt Fultz eight sessions to secure the first rep of Vecchio Leone Sit (8C+). The strong American also had to endure painful moments, as the following video shows.
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Credits: Cover picture Matt Fultz