UKC World service - boulderingby Björn Pohl - UKC Dec/2013
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Don't know if global warming is involved somehow, but this year, December... tis the season!
At Red Rocks, Nevada, Paul Robinson's stunning Meadowlark lemon, ~8C, has a lot of action in short time.
Toshi Takeuchi made what should be the 4th ascent, after Robinson, Graham and Traversi, in late November.
Then, Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb and Nalle Hukkataival gathered in Red Rocks.
Both Jimmy and Nalle had just flown in from Europe, so they must have been a bit jet lagged, but this didn't stop Jimmy from getting super close to flash(!) it, falling at the very top.
Afterwards, they quickly worked out the moves and Daniel could make the 5th ascent on his third go from the start. Needless to say, this was the fastest ascent so far.
Later, Jimmy made the 6th ascent on his first go on his second day of effort.
Both Daniel and Jimmy think Meadowlark Lemon is 8B+ rather than 8C. Previous ascensionists however have all confirmed the 8C grade.
Time will tell.
Stay tuned for more from Red Rocks. With Daniel, Jimmy and Nalle in the area, projects are about to go down.
Meanwhile in Fontainebleau, France, Guillaume Glairon Mondet found some time between hard indoor training sessions to make a quick third ascent of Iker Arroitajauregi L'apparemment assis, ~8B+. After a double training session the day before and a competition simulation in the morning, he didn't have to bother with warming up.
He retro flashed the 8A stand start and then did the sit start second go after falling on the very last move on his first try of the day. His first 8B+ of the winter was in the bag.