The Dragon's Guardian, ~8C first ascent by Paul Robinson

© Jaques Van Zyl

Paul Robinson on The Dragon's Guardian, ~8C, Cederberg, South Africa  © Jaques Van Zyl
Paul Robinson on The Dragon's Guardian, ~8C, Cederberg, South Africa
© Jaques Van Zyl
Paul Robinson has made the first ascent of The Dragon's Guardian, ~8C, in the Cederberg, South Africa.

Paul discovered this boulder in 2014, but at the time, he could imagine this particular line was possible: the left remained a nearly blank section of perfect stone that almost begged to be climbed. That year, I could not visualize the line so I left without trying it. I came back this year with a fresh perspective and sat there trying to figure out a sequence through the roof. I eventually decided it could be feasible and I began to give the project efforts. Days went by on it, some good, some bad, but each day I learned and broke down the sequences one by one. After, a big storm, I woke up to perfect conditions. I marched up the hill and straight to this roof. After a short warm up and a quick refresher on some of the moves, I took a few deep breaths, chalked up, and sent the line that I once thought could never be climbed!

In total, Paul has climbed about a dozen of the grade, a handful of which have been first ascents.

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