2/14/13 - From photographer Eddie Gianelloni's blog comes news that Daniel Woods has made the second ascent of Hydrangea (V15), a Dai Koyamada problem in Shiobara, Japan.
Koyamada established Hydrangea by adding six moves of V11/12 to the existing Hydra (V13) in 2005. The complete problem is about 45 feet long—part of which is a horizontal roof—and about 25 moves. Woods traveled to Japan last year to compete in The North Face Cup, held at Yuji Hirayama's gym Base Camp outside Tokyo. He won the event, and managed an ascent of Hydra during his visit. He gave eight attempts on Hydrangea to no avail.
This year, Woods again won The North Face Cup, along with Akiyo Noguchi. Afterward, he focused on finishing Hydrangea, which he did on his second day of attempts. Woods believes it's on the "harder side" of V15, saying "definitely one of the hardest problems I've ever sent."
Video below is of Woods climbing Hydra and Catharsis (V14), and attempting Hydrangea.
Date of ascent: February 14, 2013
Source: Eddie Gianelloni