Lucas Menegatti Claims 2nd Ascent of Big Island:

posted by dpm on 01/29/2011

Anthony Lapomardo

After several sessions working out the beta to this infamous compression line Lucas walked away with the second ascent of The Island variation.

The Island was first climbed by Dave Graham and graded V15. Last winter, French climber
Vicent Pochon added 2 additional moves into the "normal" Island and dubbed it Big Island (V15). The moves that were added were not deemed necessarily hard moves, but they were enough to make one pumped at the crux. The line, considered a variation, has sat without a second ascent for an entire season until Lucas Menegatti finally grabbed the second.
Lucas battled with the line over several sessions attempting to find a key heel hook so he could secure the last bad sloper. Today, he was finally able to get the heel hook to stay and top out to grab the second ascent. He stated on his 8a scorecard, “Very psyched! About the grade I’m not sure, time will tell. Fit my style perfectly.”