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Woods climbs The Process on Grandpa Peabody

© Sparkshop/Chuck Fryberger (video still)

Daniel Woods has made the first ascent of the "mega project", now The Process on the Grandpa Peabody boulder at Buttermilks, California.

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Daniel Woods on Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, Buttermilks
© Sparkshop/Chuck Fryberger (video still)

Details are scarce, as in there are no details yet other than that Daniel confirmed in a text message reading Yea man I just took it down. Crazy process.

He agrees the hard training he put in between the La Sportiva Legends Only competition and now paid off, but at the same time says ...this thing was purely mental., though ...the training helped build [his] confidence. Feeling physically fit helps a ton for the mental.

In Exposure II, Daniel climbs the problem to the lip but doesn't really commit on the top out.

Regarding the difficulty, this problem, linking Blood Meridian, ~8B, straight into an ~8B+ followed by a scary ~7C+ top out, has been speculated to be ~8C+. Sounds quite reasonable from the couch perspective, but let's wait and see what Daniel has to say about it.

Perhaps he will wait until he has had a go at Christian Core's Gioia, ~8C+, at Varazze, again. The plan is to go there in late February.

Meanwhile, Alex Megos is working Lucid Dreaming just to the left, so maybe there will be more news soon...

This story will be updated as soon as I have more information.


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18 Jan, 2015
Gotta go look at Exposure again but damn that's awesome news. Seems like Woods, Webb, Graham are going to be kings of bouldering for a while longer yet eh :p
19 Jan, 2015
'I wonder if it may be sensible to propose a route grade for such a climb. As far as one could tell from Exposure, the problem is longer than, dare I say it?, either Action Direct or Hubble.' I think Steve McClure (or maybe someone else) said something once about grading these big boulder problems, and that as they're not really individual hard moves, or hard short sequences, they should really be given a french grade, which describes the route's difficulty overall.
19 Jan, 2015
Funny, some high level routes are broken down into boulder problems between easier terrain so it's all apples and oranges. Just because the problem is really long doesn't mean there is hard moves, just that there are super hard sections with slightly less super hard sections between
20 Jan, 2015
It's a boulder route innit? Route grade has to be up there; 9b? (or E12 7b ; o )
20 Jan, 2015
BTW ...Transporter roon next to this new rock climb used to have bolts in it and was given 5.12c - then the bolts were taken out and it was soloed.
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