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8C and 8B+ in a day for Ned Feehally

© Nick Brown

Ned Feehally is currently in Fontainebleau, France where he has so far had an impressive run of form - climbing an 8C and an 8B+ in one day. 

Between rain showers Ned managed to climb Mécanique Élémentaire - a long 8B+ first climbed in 2005 by Sébastien Frigault, with a crux at the very end after thirteen large moves through a roof. The problem links a hard start section with a tricky heel hook into an 8A called Opium which is known for its wild cut-loose crux move. 

Ned Feehally climbing Jour de Chasse
© Martin Smith

In the same day, Ned made what is believed to be the 5th ascent of Jour de chasse 8C - a problem recently established by Jan Hojer. This starts the same as for Mécanique then finishes up Narcotic - a burly 8A+/8B in its own right. 

Ned commented: 

"Both these problems went down fairly fast. I had a go on our first day here, rested a day and went back and finished them off the next day. Lucky really since it's been raining a load since then!"

Watch a video of Jan Hojer climbing Jour de Chasse here.

Ned is sponsored by: Arc'teryx, Beastmaker, Five Ten and Wild Country

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26 Feb, 2015
Clearly this is hard but looking over the photo for more than a second (and those holds) made my eyes water. Top effort.
26 Feb, 2015
Probably one of the most significant British bouldering feats in recent years. Well done Ned!
Those crimps you get on the edges of the marbley stuff are bad enough when it's vertical. Nice one Ned, inspirational!!
26 Feb, 2015
Jan Hojer doesn't use those crimps in the video.
26 Feb, 2015
Did Ned use the 8C beta for Jour de Chasse then? Otherwise I thought it was 8B+
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