First 8B+ for Nathan Phillips in Magic Wood - Mystic Styles

22 year-old Nathan Phillips has just returned from a successful month-long trip to Averstal (Magic Wood), Switzerland, where he climbed 14 problems of 8A and above - including his first 8B+, Mystic Styles.

Nathan Phillips on Mystic Styles 8B+, 154 kb
Nathan Phillips on Mystic Styles 8B+
© Tara Hayes

Mystic Styles is the sit-start to the one-move 8A Muttertag which involves a smear and a slap to a crimp. Nathan told UKC:

'The whole climb is basically three moves and the first two aren't too bad. The hard part is just doing the 8A after you're a little tired. I stuck the move from the start on my second session but then my hand ripped off.'

Having struggled for a few more sessions with a wet hold, it finally dried on the last day of the trip and Nathan ticked the problem.

Following the Innsbruck Boulder World Cup, where he placed 17th, Nathan and his girlfriend Tara Hayes - a fellow GB Bouldering Team member - headed straight to Magic Wood. Tara also racked up an impressive list of 18 boulders above 7B, including three 7C's. 

In May this year, Nathan ticked Director's Cut 8B at Parisella's Cave (UKC News Report).

Nathan's Ticklist:

  • Mystic Styles 8b+
  • Steppenwolf 8b
  • Riverbed 8b
  • Sofa Surfer Direct 8b
  • High Spirit 8a+/b
  • Electroboogie 8a+
  • Voigas 8a+
  • The Bizzare Ride 8a+
  • Sofa Surfer 8a+
  • Massive Attack 8a+
  • Never Ending Story Part 1 8a+
  • Supersupernova 8a
  • Schneesturm 8a
  • Minisex Sit 7c+/8a
  • Down Under 7c+
  • La Platte 7c/+
  • Son Of A Gun 7c


Watch a video of Nathan's trip below:

Nathan is sponsored by: Climbskin, Metolius, prAna and Scarpa

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