posted by dpm on 03/13/2013
Shortly after Dave Graham's first ascent of Bridge of Ashes (V15) at Elkland, Colorado, Daniel Woods pulled off a 2nd ascent. Daniel was able to finish the boulder problem in just one session, leading some desktop pundits to believe that the problem might not hold Dave's proposed grade of V15. Instead, Daniel confirmed the grade and the quality of the line stating on his 8a scorecard:
"Such a sick new addition to Elkland. One of my favorite problems that I have climbed. Dave has done it yet again with establishing anotha stunna. I was lucky enough to have freak conditions. There was a very cold, dry wind blowing....snow flurries... and just the right amount of moisture to stick perfectly to the grips. Though it went in a session, this boulder is hard. It is powerful, finicky, and requires precision. The rock will eat your tips very quickly. A true CO test piece, and for me the 2nd hardest problem in the state."
Daniel Woods on Bridge of Ashes (V15). Photo: Bearcam media/Island