posted by dpm on 01/22/2013
California climber, Dan Beall has sent one of Hueco Tanks' hardest boulder problems. Yesterday, he claimed the 4th ascent of Terremer, a problem established by Fred Nicole in 2006 and given a proposed grade of V16. The problem has since been repeated by Paul Robinson in 2008 and Daniel Woods in 2010. Terremer is a low start to the already really hard Terre de Sienne (V13/14). The full line is possibly the hardest problem in Hueco... but these things are always debatable.
Dan Beall on Blood Meridian (V13) in Bishop, California. Photo: Craig Stevens
Dan considers the problem solid for the V15 grade based on his repeats of numerous V14's like Jade in RMNP, Colorado; Direct North in Bishop, California, and his first ascent of Misdirection, also in Bishop. We did an interview with Dan after he sent Jade which you can read here, and a Pro-file piece here.
While some might consider Terremer the hardest problem in Hueco, there is still a ton of potential for harder, futuristic lines. Dan's ascent reminded me of the Invisible Man project which saw some chalk from the hands of Daniel Woods. This project, noted in the video as 8c++?? (which roughly translates to V16/17??) is a low start coming into Terre de Sienne from the other direction. Check out the video which includes Daniel's thoughts on the difficulty of the unsent project.