Paul Robinson on The Ice knife, ~8C, Guanella Pass, CO
Björn Pohl - UKC, May 2013
© Beau Kahler
Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson have made the 2nd and 3rd ascents of Dave Graham's The Ice Knife, ~8C, at Guanella Pass, Colorado.
The problem was put up a couple of years ago, but I don't think it has attracted much, if any, traffic until now. This shouldn't be very surprising as 8C's tend to have a somewhat intimidating effect on most people...
After spending one day unsuccessfully trying to locate the boulder, and one day working it, Daniel, Baeu Kahler and Paul, went back after a rest day. Initially the weather was bad but then:
Once the snow stopped and the sun came out again, we started giving the line send goes. Daniel and I went back and forth on attempts for a little while, each try getting slightly closer than the last! The wind started blowing and the conditions got even better. Daniel pulled on and climbed the boulder flawlessly. It was amazing to watch and made me super psyched to try to get this thing done. After a couple of more near attempts, I pulled on and climbed the boulder!!! It is always so awesome to climb something so technical and demanding. Every move on the boulder is of similar difficulty and the body positions you get yourself into are totally crazy! Putting the whole thing together bottom to top was really a cool feat and one i am really happy about!
After climbing the boulder, we decided that a sit start would be an amazing addition. We began working it and it is hard!!! The link of the two boulders is going to be tough!!!! I hope to continue trying it more in the next few weeks!
Full story on Paul's blog
This excellent video features Dave graham's first ascent: