Video footage filmed and edited by Chad Greedy.
The English phenom Tyler Landman scored the second ascent of one of Colorado’s hardest boulder problems, Ode to the Modern Man (V15), on May 26.
After three days of attempts, Landman knew he was ready to send. “Today was the day; I could feel it when I woke up,” he wrote on his blog on Moonclimbing.com. (You can read the whole thing at moonclimbing.com/Moonblog.aspx.)
Landman described this classic problem as a start with a left-hand sloper pinch as you make your way to a small crimp and up to a crystal. After a jump to another sloper, you gather your thoughts and finish the last three tricky moves, and two easier moves to the topout.
Daniel Woods nabbed the first ascent in September 2006, first giving it the V14 rating. Landman’s blog said that after Woods went to Hueco Tanks and sent Fred Nicole’s V14 testpiece Terre de Sienne, “He realized his Ode must be V15 in comparison.”
Landman ended up giving Ode a V14/15 rating. “I don’t think it is quite hard enough for the whopping V15, but it is certainly the real deal.”
YouTube video of Landman’s ascent:http://youtube.com/watch?v=qr5LqZEhu7A