posted by dpm on 02/14/2013
Daniel Woods has claimed the 2nd ascent of Dai Koyamada's V15 Hydrangea at Shiobara, Japan. Hydrangea is a lower start to the problem Hydra (V13) which was also established by Dai. The lower start adds a six-move V11/12 into the start of Hydra. Dai completed the line in 2005 and it's resisted all 2nd ascent efforts for 8 years.
Daniel Woods on Hydrangea (V15). Photo: Eddie Gianelloni. More photos can be seen at Eddie's blog.
Eddie Gianelloni reports on his blog: "Last year Daniel made his first visit to Japan to compete in the North Face Cup. One goal while here on that trip was to send Hydra (V13) and Hydrangea (V15). After 8 strong attempts on Hydrangea Daniel left only sending Hydra.
For the 2013 North Face Cup Daniel returned to defend his title and settle his unfinished business in Shiobara. Needless to say Daniel won TNFC last week and sent Hydrangea on his last try of the his second day in the area. Daniel said “It is for real V15, but on the harder side. Definitely one of the hardest problems I’ve ever sent.”
Those are strong words coming from someone that's sent many of the world's hardest problems including his recent ascent of Witness the Fitness in Arkansas, which he also considered to be V15. Overall, this is Daniel's fifteenth V15 ascent, his first being the first ascent of Magic Wood, Switzerland's In Search of Time Lost way back in 2008.