posted by dpm on 03/31/2013
Jimmy Webb has hit his stride in Switzerland with a flash ascent of Ticino's Kings of Sonlerto (V13). The problem was established by Dave Graham in 2005 who originally graded it 8b+ (V14). It's a beautiful line through a dihedral and arête feature with a highball top-out. A lower start was added to the line by Bernd Zangerl which adds a few moves of V5 into the stand start. Some say the stand is V14, Bernd suggested that the stand was V13 and the sit was V14, while others claim that the additional moves shouldn't affect the grade. Jimmy's flash was from the stand as both the lower holds and the top-out were soaking wet.
Kings of Sonlerto climbs the streaked boulder in the center of the frame. Photo: Carlo Traversi's blog
On his 8a scorecard, Jimmy commented, "Really not sure if this is honest 8B but it was originally graded as 8b+? So not sure? Was a freak moment and even the top half was a bit wet. Definitely one of the best blocs I have climbed and topping this out on grass in the rain was hands down the most terrifying experience of my life. Huge props to Dave G and as well Bernd for establishing both stand & sit starts.I would have liked to have climbed it from the sit as well but the bottom was pretty much soaked."