Woods flashes Pure imagination, 8c+

Cédric Lachat on Pure Imagination, 9a, Red River Gorge © Lachat coll. (video still)
Cédric Lachat on Pure Imagination, 9a, Red River Gorge
© Lachat coll. (video still)

Powered by beta and belay from Adam Ondra, Daniel Woods managed to flash Jonathan Siegrist's Pure imagination, 8c+, at the Chocolate factory, Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Daniel agrees with Adam's suggested downgrade from 9a to 8c+, but this still makes him only the 4th person ever to onsight or flash this grade after Patxi Usobiaga, Adam Ondra and Ramon Julian Puigblanque.

Woods and Cédric Lachat have also made the third and fourth ascents of Adam Taylor's Southern smoke direct at Bob Marley, again agreeing 9a is more appropriate for this one than 9a+.


Daniel Woods is sponsored by: Sanuk, The North Face, La Sportiva, Petzl, Organic,, Native, Nicros and Life Sport

Cédric Lachat is sponsored by: Mammut, Top 30, Scarpa and New Rock


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3 Nov, 2012
surely though if it does get downgraded then Sasha DiGiulian would no longer be in the history books for being one of the very select female climbers to have climbed 9a??
3 Nov, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Nj2_mvmMs Confirmed by Ondra at the grade!
3 Nov, 2012
Good job she's done another one then really isn't it?
4 Nov, 2012
Amazing! being a strong boulderer and then switching into rope mode to gain some endurance seems to be working for some, by the side and about Sasha 9a's i was hoping Pure Imagination to be a solid one cause Era Vella (Sasha's second) it's said to be soft, even 8c+ by some in a whispering way.
4 Nov, 2012
Ondra took 9a though!
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