Graham Puts Up V15 in Cradle of Bouldering

Dave Graham on The Island, his new V15 problem at Fontainebleau, France. Photo by Stéphan Denys, courtesy of

Dave Graham has completed a longstanding project at Fontainebleau, France, and graded it 8C (V15).The Island climbs directly out a sandstone roof/prow in the Coquibus Rumont area, between the existing problems Sérénité (V8) and Conviction (V11). Graham sent the problem after three days of work, and he described it at as having “huge moves in between slopers, and always at my full extension, so very intense climbing.”

In late March, Graham also repeated Khéops Assis, the sit start to the famous V13 problem Khéops at Cuvier Rempart in Fontainebleau. Khéops Assis is usually rated V15, but Graham felt it must be easier, since, after trying the first move one day in wet conditions, he sent the problem the next day with only four tries.

Graham working on The Island. Photo by Stéphan Denys.

Graham working on The Island. Photo by Stéphan Denys.

Graham now has pioneered three problems that he considers V15. The other two are The Story of Two Worlds and From Dirt Grows the Flowers, both climbed in Switzerland in 2005, and both unrepeated.

Date of Ascent: April 7, 2008,,

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