The Island Gets Bigger


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The Island Gets Bigger

Fontainebleau local Vincent Pochon has repeated the V15 boulder problem The Island in France, established by Dave Graham in 2008, and he added two moves to the start. Graham and the two climbers who’d previously repeated the route—Nalle Hukkataival and Sam Edwards—started by leaning against a padded rock below the boulder, gaining a bit of height at the beginning. Pochon began by standing on the ground to the right of Graham’s start, calling his extended problem The Big Island.

“To rejoin Dave’s start, I had to do two more moves that aren’t the most physical but that definitely weaken you for the rest,” he said. “The moves certainly add a bit in terms of difficulty, but I’m not sure that one has to change the grade.

“In my version, the problem has 14 moves, but it really ends after the 10th move,” he added.

Pochon said he first worked on the problem that became The Island in the winter of 2007, and that he had already completed the moves above the rock start in front of the boulder, starting on holds higher than those that Graham used. “I never said anything about that, because I thought the only real start was on the ground,” he explained.

Video of Vincent Pochon on The Island courtesy of Grimpeabloc:

The Big Island 8C from Grimpeabloc on Vimeo.

Video of Dave Graham on The Island courtesy of BS Productions:

Dave Graham - The Island V15 from BS Productions on Vimeo.

Date of Ascent: January 3, 2009