Fred Nicole on Le Boa, ~8C
Björn Pohl - UKC, Sep 2011
© Prana The Grand master of bouldering himself, Fred Nicole, is still going strong. When he is not cleaning his flat, he works various projects, like Le Boa, for example.
Fred commented on the prAna website:
"It was one of those longterm projects, which you never know if it will go for sure. I started trying it two years ago. It was just after completing L'Isola che no c'é.
It is a sit down start on a big snake like looking structure, which also gives the name to the problem. Some powerful moves on pockets underclings that bring you to a tricky traverse with more pockets and a finish with long moves into a big flake. It ends in another problem called Mosaik, rated V11 or 8A. The first four moves are by far the hardest, but the last ten are quite delicate and bring a great dimension to the line."
Fred actually did this problem way back in March, but as he doesn't feel any need to make the headlines anymore, he has been very low key about it.
"Most of the time I don't grade my boulders anymore, but people are still curious what they could be. On this one my feeling lies around 8C boulder, as it felt as the hardest boulder I ever did on pockets. For sure the hardest thing since L'isola che non c'é and reckoning the time spent on it anyway an important line for me."
The first part of the problem is featured at the end of the video.
Full story: prAna