1/30/13 - It's the end of the first month of 2013, and climbers have not sat idle. Many V14 and V15 problems around the world have seen ascents by U.S. and international climbers alike. (See the mid-January bouldering round-up here.)
Also in France, Guillame Glairon-Mondet, a French boulderer, finished The Big Island (V15), a lower start to The Island (V14), in Fontainebleau. The Island was established by Dave Graham in 2008, and the lower start was added by French climber Vincent Pochon in 2010. Jan Hojer, a 20-year-old German climber, also climbed The Big Island on January 25.
Pol Roca Lopez, a 16-year-old Spanish climber, climbed Psoas Mole (V13) in Targassone, France. Few climbers 16 or younger have bouldered this grade.
Alberto Rocasolano, a 21-year-old Spanish climber, sent Zarzafar (V14) in Zarzalejo, Spain, on January 21, which was first climbed by Nacho Sanchez. Rocasolano has been working hard this winter; in the last two months, he's finished five V13s or harder.
Dan Beall from California has climbed Terremer (V15), which is likely the hardest problem in Hueco Tanks, Texas. It adds a few moves to Terre de Sienne (V13/14); both were originally climbed Fred Nicole. Beall had the fourth ascent of the problem, followed by Nicole, Paul Robinson, and Daniel Woods.
Nalle Hukkatavial, a Finnish climber, made the third ascent of Blood of a Young Wolf (V14), also in Hueco Tanks. Graham established the problem in March 2009, and Sam Davis made the second ascent.
Dates of ascents: January 2013