The Japanese Ryuichi Murai succeeds in repeating one of the most difficult boulders in the USA: Sleepwalker (8C +).
German professional climber Yannick Flohé opens a new difficult line on the Dreamtime block in Cresciano. The first ascent called Return of the Dreamtime rated Flohé with 8C +.
Dave Graham stayed in Ticino for months and devoted himself to his numerous old projects in Val Bavona. His last coup is the first ascent of Boulder Euclase (8C +).
At the end of November, Simon Lorenzi pulled the seat start version of the legendary Boulders Off the Wagen in Val Bavona. Now the strong Belgian is delivering the video of his ascent of the first 8c + boulder in Switzerland.
Once again, the Italian bouldering professional Niccolò Ceria can announce the inspection of an extremely difficult line. In mid-March he gets the fourth repetition of the Fontainbleau classic La Révolutionnaire (8c +).
News from Las Vegas suggests that Jakob Schubert won't live up to his nickname Mr. Downgrad at Sleepwalker. The Austrian reports that the destination of his US trip is more challenging than he had hoped.
The Italian Elias Iagnemma draws attention to himself with another difficult first ascent. In the Italian bouldering area Tintorale he pulls Ganesh. He suggests 8c+ as a rating.
Drew Ruana manages the first ascent of an old project near Lincoln Lake. He rates the Insomniac line with an 8c +.
The Belgian Simon Lorenzi climbs the most famous and one of the most difficult bouldering problems: The seated start version of the boulder The Big Island in Fontainebleau.
In mid-August, the young American Drew Ruana climbed the 8c + Boulder Creature from the Black Lagoon. Here is the video.
Nathaniel Coleman and Drew Ruana battle one of the toughest bouldering projects in the United States: The Grand Illusion (8c +)