P-Rob leaves the US

© Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
© Paul Robinson

Yesterday, Paul Robinson and girlfriend Alex Kahn packed their bags went to Charlotte Airport, boarded a plane and left the US. No, I don't think it was the 4th of July celebration that simply became too much, but rather an urge to explore what the world has to offer in terms of hard core bouldering.

"We plan to travel the world in search of the best rock that has been climbed and has yet to be discovered. We plan to climb in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and most places in between. I have spent the last 21 years of my life confined to one nation, the USA. It has been amazing traveling the country climbing in all of its famous destinations while repeating and establishing climbs of my own. And now that I feel that I have completed a great portion of that climbing it is time to make the great exploration to the rest of the world and witness that, first hand."

Paul and Alex' first destination is Rocklands, South Africa, where he'll be staying until the end of August, before he settles down in his advanced basecamp, Innsbruck, Austria for a couple of years or so. If you want, you can follow his adventures on his new blog, but don't worry I'll be in regular contact with the man and keep you posted.

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8 Jul, 2010
I'm glad it's not just me that feels this way! Who is he and why should I care that he's gone on his holidays? Hope he has a lovely time, mind. ;)
8 Jul, 2010
Nice that he's heading out to experience climbing all over the world. From his blog though: " no time I will be heading back into the Cederberg Mountain Range for a wild summer of climbing in Rocklands!" I wonder if he knows that it's winter in South Africa at the moment...
8 Jul, 2010
In 2004 he made another significant leap when he sent his first V12, The Mandala, in Bishop, California. Robinson finished Fred Nicole's crimpy Terre De Sienne on the sixth day of January—his first V14. Only two months later Robinson managed to send his second V14, Echale in nearby Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. Later that same month Robinson accomplished a never-before heard of feat when he climbed two V14 climbs in one day with The Mandala Assis and The Swarm, on March 24, 2007, during a week-long spring break trip to Bishop, California. Three days later he made the first ascent of The Mandala Direct Assis V14, a variation of The Mandala Assis. These three ascents in Bishop, combined with his send of Echale, made Robinson the first person in the world ever to climb four V14s in one month. (As of September 2009, Robinson has climbed 14 V14s). Robinson has climbed two V15s- Fred Nicole's Terremer[7] on New Year's Day 2008 in Hueco Tanks, Texas, and Daniel Woods' Jade in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. He has also climbed Amandla in Rocklands, South Africa, which is given the V14/15 slash grade. On December 27, 2007 Robinson flashed (climbed first try) Nagual[8], a V13/14 in Hueco Tanks, becoming the first American and one of only a few people in the world to have flashed a climb of that grade (others include Swiss master Fred Nicole[9], British prodigy James Pearson[10], and more recently Tyler Landman, also from the United Kingdom, and Czech wonderkid Adam Ondra[11]). Over the course of 2007 Robinson climbed over 100 boulder problems rated V11 or harder, becoming the first person to climb that many hard problems in only a year's time. As of September 2009 he has climbed 273 problems V11 and harder. Robinson recently returned to route climbing, and in the spring of 2009 he completed the second ascent of Dave Graham's Psychedelic (5.14d) in Utah. He has also climbed The Fly, in Rumney, New Hampshire, and several 5.14b's. On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Paul Robinson finally completed the Rastaman Vibrations sit-start project, renamed the line Lucid Dreaming, and proposed the rare grade of V16. For a full list of Robinson's ascents search for his scorecard on climbing ranking site Sounds like quite a good guy if you know anything about climbing... I, for one, am actually quite interested to know that he has bothered to leave the US and come crush in Europe. Keep up the news stories like this.
8 Jul, 2010
Agreed. Maybe it's best not to reply if the news doesn't interest you. Many people are interested it what's going on at the cutting edge (where Paul Robinson is operating), if you don't like it, don't read it.
8 Jul, 2010
is someone catching a plane the cutting edge though? I did that last year, and though there was a tricky moment in the departure lounge cafe where my coffee was a bit watery for my taste, it was actually not too hard. and the way i crushed baggage reclaim, sick. maybe when he climbs something, as i assume he will, we will find out where he is. As part of a report that is actually interesting.
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