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8/16/12 – Daniel Woods has added his name to the short list of individuals who have climbed the notoriously difficult Fred Nicole problem, Monkey Wedding (V15), which sits in the Nutsa, Roadside area of Rocklands, South Africa.
When Nicole made the first ascent back in 2002, he originally graded the problem V14. In 2010, Paul Robinson made the second ascent of Monkey Wedding and suggested the upgrade. In 2011, Adam Ondra confirmed Robinson’s suggestion of V15 after ticking the third ascent. Woods’ ascent keeps the consensus at V15.
While in South Africa, Woods also managed ascents of Oliphant’s Dawn (V14), Golden Shadow (V14), and King of Limbs (V13/14), which he describes on his 8a.nu scorecard as being “a different climb; very powerful and one-arm oriented,” with back-to-back, horizontal iron-cross moves.
Date of ascent: August 15, 2012
Source: 8a.nu, Courtney Sanders