Lisa Rands and Alex Johnson Cranking in Bishop

by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Mar/2009
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+Lisa Rands on Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 123 kbLisa Rands on Haroun and the Sea of Stories
© Wills Young

+Lisa Rands low on Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 132 kbLisa Rands low on Haroun and the Sea of Stories
© Jeff Sillcox
Lisa Rands and Alex Johnson have been climbing well over in Bishop, California.

Lisa recently climbed the V11/12 highball Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Initially graded V12, subsequent ascentionists have thought V11, but as Wills Young says on the Bishop Bouldering Blog:

"The rating is not really the point with a line of this quality: it's one of those rare pieces of climbing that you simply won't find too often. Beginning with funky and disorienting moves on shallow huecos using an overhead heel-hook, it rises up the underside of a huge block on fused golden rock, passing fingery patina to a pumpy finish twenty-five moves in."

Alex Johnson has made a lightning fast ascent of A Maze of Death (V12) climbing the problem in just five tries.

"It was crazy!" said Alex, "It's kind of straight-down crimping. It was the perfect problem for me. Totally my style."

This problem saw its first female ascent at the hands of Alex Puccio in December last year (UKC News).

+Lisa Rands high on the highball Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 140 kbLisa Rands high on the highball Haroun and the Sea of Stories
© Jeff Sillcox

Watch a video of Paul Robinson climbing A Maze Of Death (V12):


 More info and photos on the Bishop Bouldering Blog and on Eastsidebouldering.blogspot.com
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