Midnight Express

By Dougald MacDonald ,

Nick Duttle works on his new Fern Roof extension Sôl Adûnâmentum (V14) at Hueco Tanks. Photo by Peter McDermott.

Daniel Woods has made the second ascent of Midnight Express (V14) near Castle Rock in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. Woods spent two days on the line in full winter bouldering conditions (high temps around freezing), and on 8a.nu he called it “the best and hardest boulder on the Front Range! A true classic!”

Midnight Express was established in November by Tyler Landman, the young Englishman living in Boulder. It climbs a 40-degree overhanging arête on a large granite boulder, with a very dangerous topout.

See video of the route and Landman’s blog about climbing it at Moonclimbing.com/moonblog.aspx.

In Hueco Tanks, Texas, meanwhile, Nick Duttle has climbed a V14 link-up on North Mountain called Sôl Adûnâmentum, which adds a direct start to Fern Roof (V9) and then links into Wild Turkey (V8). A previous link-up of Fern Roof and Wild Turkey was known as Fuzzy Turkey (V11). Last spring, Duttle repeated Esperanza (V14) at Hueco.

Dates of Ascents: December 16, 2007 (Midnight Express); December 7, 2007 (Sôl Adûnâmentum).

Sources:8a.nu, Moonclimbing.com

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