The 20-year-old Nicolai Uznik succeeds in the first ascent of the Boulder Witchcraft near Villach, Austria. He suggests 8c as an assessment.

The young Austrian Nicolai Uznik seems to be in top form. Should his suggestion on the difficulty be confirmed, it would be Witchcraft already his second 8c boulder within a short time. At the beginning of December he succeeded in repeating what is probably the most famous boulder in the Malta Valley, Iron seat start (8c).

For his latest ascent, the first ascent of the line, Nicolai invested countless attempts over nine days.

Today I was finally able to line up all trains and climb this short and extremely strong line. I've never invested so much in climbing a boulder - so I'm all the happier that the ascent worked.

Nicolai Uznik

Nicolai Uznik on the first ascent of Witchcraft near Villach

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Credits: Cover picture Nicolai Uznik