posted by dpm on 04/08/2013
Jimmy Webb has completed the first ascent of La Rustica (8b+/V14) in Valle Bavona, Switzerland. On his 8a scorecard, Jimmy commented that it's, "One of the coolest projects I've ever climbed. Big thanks to Carlo for showing me this thing. Climbed it basically on my last day, last literal try. Couldn't ask for a better finish to my trip. Back to the USA Tuesday." He noted that the grade is "hard" V14.
Jimmy Webb on La Rustica (V14) in Valle Bavona, Switzerland. Photo: Jimmy's Facebook
It's a fitting finish to a productive Swiss trip for Webb. This was his third V14 after Off the Wagon and Ninja Skills. He also flashed Kings of Sonlerto (V13) and climbed a number of hard classics including The Dagger and Confessions (both V13 according to Jimmy). Jimmy has been fairly conservative with his suggestions for grades. Kings, The Dagger, and Confessions have all been suggested as V14 by others. His suggestion of "hard" V14 for La Rustica likely means that it's a pretty stout boulder problem.