First V13 Flash by an American

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Paul Robinson before his win at the 2007 Mammut Spot Bouldering Series competition in Boulder, Colorado Saturday, February, 24th, 2007.

Paul Robinson has flashed Nagual, a “hard V13” at Hueco Tanks, Texas. Robinson “waited two years” to try Nagual, hoping for a successful flash of the 45-degree overhanging wall in the East Spur Maze. The problem was established in 2003 by Fred Nicole and is considered to be a bit harder now because of a broken hold.Only one other person has reported flashing a V13 problem: Britain's James Pearson, who recently flashed his third problem given 8B (V13), Schule des Lebens in Switzerland.Robinson, a 20-year-old originally from New Jersey but now living in Colorado, warmed up for the flash with a handful of superb repeats in Hueco, including Slashface (V13) in one hour, Esperanza (V14), and the fourth ascent of Algerita (V13). In August, Robinson made the third ascent of Jade (V15) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.Dates of Ascent: December 27, 2007 (Nagual).Sources:8a.nu, B3bouldering.com, UKclimbing.com

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