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On February 12, after more than two years and more than 80 sessions, Camille Coudert made the third ascent of the controversial 9a boulder Soudain Seul. Relais Vertical accompanied the Frenchman with the camera and captured his iron will, his commitment and his success for posterity.
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.
Four weeks ago, the strong Ticino Giuliano Cameroni was able to crack one of Cresciano's oldest tough projects: Don't Look Up (8b+/c). Now there's the video for the first ascent of the highball.
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 +).
James Pearson gets the third ascent of the 8c boulder Juneru Sit in Albarracin. For the Briton it is the first boulder of this difficulty. At the same time, Pearson underscores his versatility as a climber with this ascent.
Just on International Women's Day, Janja Garnbret announces the first women's ascent of the Bouldering Iron (8b +) in the Maltatal. The Slovenian once again underlines her extraordinary strength.
After a series of consultations with various stakeholders, the International Climbing Federation IFSC has today decided to cancel the IFSC Bouldering and Speed World Cup, scheduled for April 1-3, 2022 in Moscow, from the competition calendar.
The American Dave Graham is almost a fixture in Ticino. His most recent video shows him inspecting the Giuliano Cameroni line Squalo Bianco (8b +). Also in Ticino, but only for three days, was the German boulderer Florian Wintjes. He managed several highballs and the Kubalik (8b+) and Conquistador direct (8b) lines.
In the seventeenth edition of BETA we have Alexander Megos as a guest in the studio. We talk to Megos about the devaluation battle in Spain, the impact of videos on climbing grades and how he dealt with the devaluation of his 9c route bibliography.
Camille Coudert repeats Soudain Seul and gives a rating of 9a. The line is back in the running as the second 9a boulder in the world.
Simon Lorenzi and Camille Coudert are in top form. The Frenchman Coudert pulls the Fontainebleau test piece Soudain Seul (8c +), which was first climbed by Lorenzi. The Belgian Simon Lorenzi, on the other hand, succeeds in the 8c + Boulder La Révolutionnaire of the barefoot climber Charles Albert.
At the end of January, the Frenchman Simon Lorenzi made the first ascent of the extremely difficult boulder Big Conviction (8c +). The video for his Fontainebleau test piece is now available.
Where the midlife crisis begins for others, he draws 8c. A conversation with the Valais boulderer Théo Chappex about his latest feat Ten Criminals, how he deals with long-term projects and his recipe for success, at almost forty he still climbs like a man in his mid-twenties.
The cooler the rock, the more grip. Climbing and bouldering in winter is fantastic. The cold is of secondary importance, after all, you are constantly on the move. Warming clothing also helps, but there is still one problem area: the feet. The circulation suffers in the climbing finches, the insulation is also poor, and people climb barefoot. The solution: heated socks.