Niccolò Ceria has made the first ascent of Ziqqurat, Font 8C, a proper roof boulder at Gaby, in the Aosta region (but not valley) in northern Italy.
It was a great feeling to stand at the top of my biggest project of the year. Every climber who has been searching for a perfect horizontal roof knows how hard it is to find a 90° degrees angle with holds, instead of the typical blank and impossibile cave. This roof definitively represents an exception for me, since the holds on the edge make the climbing possible, like the old classic Riverbed in Averstal, to make a clear example.
This project took me days, efforts, patience and training; but I have been psyched in every single moment of the experience. Every time I failed I was really excited, since some positive points always came out in each attempt. The peculiarity is of course the perfect cut of the roof and (not visible for the photo) the technical and spicy final arete. The full sequence took me in total 9 days, 6 of them during 2015 and during my highest shape peaks. Probably my hardest so far, but I feel definitely more glad about the uniqueness of the boulder. Name chosen is "Ziqqurat" and it could be something around 8C range I guess.
After making the second ascent of Voyager sit start, Niky went on a three week trip to the US where he climbed a lot together with Jimmy Webb and Paul Robinson, but now he is back in Italy. Obviously