posted by dpm on 12/20/2012
In Fontainebleau, France, Guillaume Glairon Mondet sent Supertanker (V14). The problem starts from a sit on the far left end of a beautiful egg-shaped block and involves traversing down and right across sloping holds to a tough top-out on the right end. Mondet began projecting the problem in October and battled wet holds through much of the season. He notes on his blog, "This is a block which I am most proud of because it was hard to find the energy required for such an effort, but mainly because it is a block that I was most resisted ... In fact, I already got all the movements last year, and it still took me four sessions to achieve after falling about 10 times in the last two moves."
Back in America, Jimmy Webb finished up his New England trip with flash ascents of Sit and Deliver (V12) at Pawtuckaway, Satan's Choice (V11) at Rumney, and The Prow (V10) at Bradley. This is in addition to his recent flash of Roses and Blue Jays (V13) at Great Barrington. He also sent a handful of other V11's and came away with a first place win at the third leg of the Dark Horse bouldering competition (video link) at Metrorock in Everett, Massachusetts. Before he left for the Northeast, Jimmy spent a chunk of time at the Red River Gorge and established one of the states hardest boulder problems. Yes, there is bouldering at the Red! Jimmy established his new problem Private Selection (V13) and climbed the notoriously difficult 5.13d Nagypapa on the same day. In Euro terms, that's two 8b's in a day!
In Hueco Tanks, Texas, Sam Davis sent The Machinist (V13/14). Earlier this month, Sam also sent Blood of a Young Wolf (V14).
Over the past few weeks, Rob D'Anastasio ticked off Echale (V14) in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. Dave Mason did Wing Chun (V13) at Ibex, Utah. Dan Mills did Somewhere in Time at the Tramway in California. Mark Heal and Max Zolotukhin sent Direction (V13) in Bishop. In Colorado, Jon Glassberg did The Right (V13) in Boulder Canyon and Dave Graham sent The Altruist (V13) near Boulder. At Castle Rocks, Idaho, Matt Fultz climbed Warpath (V14) in reverse, for a problem called Warrior (V13).