The Big Island 8C for Ned Feehally

We reported last week that Ned Feehally had climbed The Island 8B+ in Fontainebleau, France - now he's gone one step further to tick The Big Island 8C, first climbed by Vincent Pouchon, which adds a couple of tricky moves to the start.

Ned Feehally on The Bg Island 8C, 104 kb
Ned Feehally on The Bg Island 8C
© Ned Feehally

With just a few days of his trip left after climbing The Island, it was yet another case of playing the waiting game for Ned:

"My main goal was always to climb The Big Island, it's such an amazing line. However I wasn't sure if that was a realistic goal. I decided to work my way up to it by climbing The Island first. After doing that I was sure I'd be able to to The Big Island if I could get the right conditions. I spent the rest of my trip resting up and waiting for the perfect day."

Ned on The Island 8B+, 123 kb
Ned on The Island 8B+
© Dropped Pie Productions

Cutting it fine time-wise, Ned finally managed to make an ascent at the last possible opportunity:

"Fortunately on the evening of my last day the breeze picked up and it cooled down enough for me to link the problem. I was very lucky to get that small window of good conditions and I am really pleased I managed to make the most of it. It could easily have gone the other way!"

Watch a video of Ned on The Big Island below:

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

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