GB Bouldering Team member Nathan Phillips has just returned from Hueco Tanks in Texas, where he spent a month ticking-off hard problems and climbed his first V12 and V13.
Having completed his first V12 Barefoot on Sacred Ground, a V11/12 named Diaphanous Sea and a V12 called Loaded Direct followed and Nathan returned to Slashface V13, having worked the moves in the previous week:
"After 2 attempts missing the first crux move, I stuck it and made my way towards the final crux move where I just missed and fell. I took a 15 minute rest and pulled back on. I came to the same move again but this time I stuck it! Now trying to calm myself I fought through the next few awkward moves with toe hooks. I was fairly pumped after this so took a long shake out before continuing up the chossy top out to then celebrate as I had just sent my first V13!"
In his blog, Nathan commented: "I wanted to climb V13 this trip and this was the one I wanted to do the most. I really couldn't have asked for anything more."
Nathan also climbed three V11's in one day earlier in his trip, bringing his Hueco total to seven V11's, two V12's and a V13 ahead of numerous easier problems.
Read more on Nathan's blog and see his full (and very impressive!) ticklist here.