First V14 for the Southeast

posted by dpm on 12/29/2012


The Southeast, specifically the area surrounding Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one of America's best bouldering destinations. Boulders are scattered all over the region but the three most well-known areas -Rocktown, Little Rock City, and HorsePens 40- haven't yet produced a V14. The potential for elite-level problems does exist though and Daniel Woods proved it last Thursday with the first ascent of Aggravated Assault (V14) at Griffin Falls, Alabama.

Jimmy Webb on the South's first V14, Aggravated Assault at Griffin Falls, Alabama. Photo: Jimmy's Facebook. John Gass got footage that we'll be sure to post when it's released.

Griffin Falls is mostly frequented by route climbers that come out to sample the 30+ sport and trad lines but there are some bouldering opportunities. Southeast locals Tyler Wilcutt and Les Warnock cleaned the problem and showed it to Jimmy Webb who began to work the line. Jimmy sent some pictures to Daniel Woods that, according to his 8a scorecard, "got (him) psyched" and the two were able to put down the problem one after the other with Daniel coming away with the first ascent. Aggravated Assault is described by Daniel as, "Very powerful movement on weird, flat, not so positive edges going out a 50 degree roof. Violent moves to the fullest."

Jimmy commented on the area in an email, "The roof is amazing and definitely the highlight of the area (for bouldering.) Though down the hill we established a couple upper end moderates that were really nice. HP40 style lip traverses and a crazy V7 mantle. Other than that, there is another project just to the right of Aggravated that could likely be in the V12ish range. Kind of a longer bloc revolving around big moves between decent grips. We might get a chance to go back and try but I doubt it. We leave on January 1st for Arkansas and I believe we got our eyes set on a next level project at another Chattanooga area. That one will likely be V15 if It gets done. We will see.."