Big Sends in Euro Bouldering

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Ty Landman on the Swiss problem Practice of the Wild (V15). Courtesy of Moonclimbing.com.

Ty Landman on the Swiss problem Practice of the Wild (V15). Courtesy of Moonclimbing.com.

Scotland’s Malcolm Smith has completed a link-up at MacLeod’s old stomping ground of Dumbarton Rock. The 25-meter problem, Gut Buster (V14), links Serum of Sisyphus (V12) to Sanction (V13). Though graded “only” V14, it’s now the hardest link-up at Dumbarton and “breaks new ground in Scottish bouldering,” according to Scottishclimbs.com.

American Paul Robinson, who has been climbing in Switzerland for a month, had a remarkable afternoon at Magic Wood last week. He completed New Base Line (V14) on his first try of the day, after working it a few days earlier, and then he just kept sending: Deep Throat (V13, second go) and Steppenwolf (V13, half an hour of work), followed by a V10, V12, and V11/12 problem, all in a total of three and a half hours.

Malcolm Smith on the cave section of Gut Buster (V14) at Dumbarton, Scotland. © Stone Country / Stonecountry.co.uk

Malcolm Smith on the cave section of Gut Buster (V14) at Dumbarton, Scotland. © Stone Country / Stonecountry.co.uk

Dates of Ascents: September 2008

Sources:Moonclimbing.com / Moonblog.aspx, 8a.nu, Scottishclimbs.com, Davemacleod.blogspot.com, P-d-robinson.blogspot.com

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