Suk, Woods and Litz on the takedown

Suk, 65 kb
© Soucek coll.

Radovan Souček, Suk to his friends, has made the 3rd ascent, after Dave Graham and Bernd Zangerl, of From dirt grows the flowers, ~8C at Chironico in Switzerland. 38 year old Suk is, like Adam Ondra and Tomáš Mrázek, from Brno in the Czech Republic, and his previous hardest was one 8B and a couple of 8A+'s.

I thought Daniel Woods was supposed to be concentrating on routes at the moment, but it seems he had some unfinished business to take care of first as he has ...climbed the FA of the longstanding “Bear Toss” project, which starts on Veritas Sit and heads right, and then straight up the beautiful black wall. He is calling it Hypnotized Minds V15 [8C]. A few intro moves (which are certainly not easy) lead to a big lockoff to a terribly thin left hand pinch. The first hard move is off this pinch to a sloping gaston. The next move, which is perhaps the crux, is a huge lock-off to an edge. This is followed by a committing jump to the lip.

Skeleton key, 113 kb
Skeleton key
© Jamie Emerson

At Joe's vally, James Litz has made the FA of The Insurgency V14 [8B+], which is the sit start, adding a few moves on tiny incut crimps, to an existing V11 [8A], The Skeleton Key. According to Jamie Emerson, this is now the hardest problem in the area.

Source: B3 bouldering

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