Graham makes 3rd ascent of Paint it black, 8C

Paul Robinson on Paint it black, 8C, RMNP, CO, 71 kb
Paul Robinson on Paint it black, 8C, RMNP, CO
© Alex Kahn

Dave Graham has made the 3rd ascent, after Daniel Woods and Paul Robinson, of Paint it black, 8C, near Bear lake road in the Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

Paint it black was first done by Daniel 29 February and the 2nd ascent was made only 10 days before Dave's 3rd.
The style can be described as pure roof climbing where body tension and accurate foot placements are vital. Daniel Woods:

The boulder is a giant 65 degree overhanging ships prow, which jolts out of the hillside. There is just enough room for a landing to work the crux moves. If you pitch from the top, you will take a 20 foot fall downhill into the river. There are 5 movements covering 15 feet of near horizontal climbing.
The crux revolves around 2 high tension foot moves to a hard right foot kick over to the right side of the boulder. The first two holds are very slopey with no opposition and the upper holds are two quarter pad incut crimps. It is a good full body power test, along with extreme crimping.

Dave Graham is sponsored by: Petzl, Five Ten and Beal

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