Defying Gravity: Woods Establishes V15 in Colorado
11/21/13 - Daniel Woods has claimed his 19th (that's right, 19th*) V15 boulder problem with the first ascent of the aptly named Defying Gravity.
Located at Thunder Ridge in South Platte, Colorado, Defying Gravity sits at about 25 tall, and Woods thinks it's almost 60 degrees overhanging. ("Max [Krimmer] busted out the protractor," Woods says.) Though the final move is an "epic jump," the crux is the first move. Then semi-incut rail features lead to "a victory finish on perfect, Rocktown-esque slopers."
Woods worked out the moves with Austin Geiman and Jimmy Webb. Woods took two days to figure out the individual moves, and then started linking them the next session. He finished it on his fourth day, in windy, 40-degree conditions. When his feet went horizontal on the final dyno, Woods jokes, "I felt as if I was going to blow away."
*This does not include problems that have been downgraded.