10/19/10 - News link: Another V15 has been proposed in Magic Wood, this time by Australian Chris Webb Parsons: Believe in Two. This problem starts on Steppenwolf (V13) and trends immediately right. Webb Parsons managed to unlock all the moves in two days, then completed the first ascent on his third day.
"I'm sure the grade of this boulder will stand the test of time, and I do believe it to be one of the hardest problems in the forest to date," Webb Parsons says on his blog.
That same day, Webb Parsons achieved another hard FA at the Pura Vida boulder. Tough Times (V14) is a direct finish to the existing One Summer in Paradise (V13) on a "seemingly blank wall" that he quickly fired after working out the moves. "I was going to grade the line 8B [V13], but after much discussion with my spotters, I was convinced the line should be graded 8B+/V14 due to it being a much, much harder finish to One Summer in Paradise," he says.
After what Webb Parsons calls "maybe the best day of my climbing life," he pulled off several other hard problems in Chironico, including Schule des Lebens (V12), Freak Brothers (V12), and No Mistery (V11).
Webb Parsons now has several V15 or harder problems under his belt, including The Wheel of Life (V16, second ascent) and Sleepy Rave (V15).
Date of ascents: October 16, 2010