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UKC News - on 14 Sep 2017
Chris Sharma on Big Fish, 8c+/9a, Deep Water Solo, Sóller, Mallorca, 5 kbChris Sharma has made the first ascent of Big Fish, 8c+/9a, a deep water solo/psicobloc which features a crux more than 20m above the water at Sóller on the north coast of Mallorca.

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Wood for Trees on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to UKC News:

Wow, big old thing.

Bjorn - can you follow up and ask if this was done soup-up (without top rope practice)?

Thanks
Björn Pohl - UKC - on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to Wood for Trees:

I'm pretty sure he practiced this one on a rope, same as on Alasha, but I'll see what I can do.
Robert Durran - on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to UKC News:

What's a psicobloc?
aln - on 14 Sep 2017
Robert Durran - on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to aln:


That's a competition. Is a psicobloc just another name for a deep water solo?
aln - on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

I don't know, I don't DWS. I Googled psicobloc and the competition website was the 2nd link.
ebdon - on 14 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

Yes
AJM - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

> Is a psicobloc just another name for a deep water solo?

Yes
jezb1 - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to UKC News:

"Chris also says falling with your legs together is a good idea."

In a squeaky voice?
flaneur - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

Climbing ropeless above water with the understanding falls were all part of the fun probably originated in parallel in Dorset and Mallorca. The Dorset lads and lasses christened it Deep Water Soloing. In Mallorca it was called Psicobloc, a portmanteau containing psycho and boulder problem. Appropiate to use the term in a news item about DWS in Mallorca I'd have thought.
Robert Durran - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to flaneur:

> In Mallorca it was called Psicobloc, a portmanteau containing psycho and boulder problem.

That's why it seemed odd to me; it's hard to see what deep water soloing has to do with bouldering (unless a very short deep water solo - which Sharma's route is not!)
flaneur - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

It's highball bouldering!
Rob F - on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to UKC News:

Can Adam Ondra swim???
Greasy Prusiks on 15 Sep 2017
In reply to Rob F:

He wouldn't need to ;)
stp - on 17 Sep 2017
In reply to Robert Durran:

> it's hard to see what deep water soloing has to do with bouldering

Both involve pushing physical limits without a rope.


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