Nacho Sanchez Suggests V15/16 for His Latest First Ascent

posted by dpm on 12/27/2014

Spanish boulderer Nacho Sanchez has sent his hardest project yet. His new problem, Crisis, climbs out a huge cobblestone roof at Crevillente and he's proposing a grade of 8C/+ (V15/16) for the problem.

Sanchez clings to the roof of his new problem, Crisis. Photo: Rebeca Morillo/Sanchez' blog

Sanchez wrote on his blog that the 21-move problem has no "extreme" movements but that you're "deflating" every moment that you're hanging in the roof. He was first able to do all the moves two and half years ago but had to spend a significant amount of time climbing and training to link it together. Last winter he was able to link the entire roof starting six moves in but it took another year to do the whole thing from the sit start.

Sanchez on Crisis. Photo: Rebeca Morillo/Sanchez' blog

Regarding the difficulty, Nacho thinks that it may be V15 but also notes that it felt harder to him than any other V15 that he's done or tried and that the roof at Crevillente suits his strengths. He's proposing the grade of V15/16 for the line.

Sanchez is regarded as Spain's strongest boulderer.  In 2011, he established Spain's first V15, Entropia at Castilla de Bayuela. The following year he put up Insomnio, another V15 in the same cave as Crisis. Click here to watch Nacho on the first ascent of Insomnio which gives a good idea of the climbing style found in Crevillente's Cova de la Gota. The new problem, Crisis, is just a few feet to the right of Insomnio

Click the image for a profile video of Nacho Sanchez.