Big Sends on US boulders

posted by dpm on 12/20/2011

The US bouldering season is in full effect and the usual suspects are sending in the usual locations.  Here’s a rundown of some noteworthy ascents categorized by area.

Hueco Tanks, Texas

After an ascent of Esperanza (V14) on his first day in the park, Jimmy Webb went on to send Slashface (V13) and claim the second ascent of Daniel Woods’ Yellow Diamonds (V13).  Video of Woods on the first ascent can be seen here.  Brian Antheunisse also sent SlashfaceCrown of Aragorn (V13) saw some traffic including a flash by Nalle Hukkataival (read about Nalle’s Hueco trip here) and ascents by Grady Bagwell and Garrett Gregor.  Kasia Pietras and Isabelle Faus were both able to send the V11 Sunshine.  Check out the latest Stash video featuring Jimmy Webb, Daniel Woods, Dave Graham and others bouldering in Hueco Tanks. 

Update: 12/21/11

Yesterday Jimmy Webb got the third ascent of Crook by the Book (V14) in Hueco Tanks, Texas.  He also claimed the first ascent of a project on East Mountain that he is calling Cut to the Quick (V12).     

Click the image for Stash footage of Daniel Woods on the first ascent of House of Doom (V13).


After Hueco, Nalle Hukkataival moved on to the boulders of Arkansas with Ian Dory where they were both able to claim a one day ascent of Lost in the Hood (V14).  According to Ian’s 27 crags ticklist they also both flashed Fred’s Roof (V11/12).  Watch Paul Robinson on the 2nd ascent of Lost in the Hood here.

Buttermilks, Bishop, California

Dan Beall claimed the third ascent of Direct North and the first ascent of Misdirection (both V14).  Sonnie Trotter climbed the mega-highball Ambrosia while on the other side of the huge Grandpa Peabody boulder, Alex Biale sent Rastaman Vibration (V12).  Rastaman is another massive highball with a sketchy slab topout that climbs just left of the famous Evilution (V12) and has seen very few ascents.  You may recognize it as Jared Roth’s original stand start to Paul Robinson’s unrepeated Lucid Dreaming (V15/16?)   Gregor Peirce had his “best day of climbing ever” with ascents of the Swarm (V14) and Direction (V13) in a single day.  You can see Paul Robinson climb the Swarm here.   

With strong climbers leaving their mark all over the states on a daily basis, I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few noteworthy ascents.  Please take this opportunity to update in the comments field other impressive ascents that I missed.